How to Enable and Turn On System Restore in Windows 10

In this guide, I will show you how to enable and turn on System Restore in Windows 10.

System Recovery Options

1. Click on the Start menu and search for “Control Panel.”
2. Open the Control Panel and click on “System and Security.”
3. Under the System and Security section, click on “System.”
4. In the System window, click on “System Protection” in the left-hand menu.
5. A new window will open. Make sure that your main drive (usually C:) is selected and click on “Configure.”
6. In the System Protection settings, select the “Turn on system protection” option.
7. Adjust the maximum disk space usage for System Restore by moving the slider to your desired amount.
8. Click on “Apply” and then “OK” to save the changes.

Once you’ve enabled System Restore, you can use it to restore your computer if any issues arise. To access the System Recovery Options:

1. Press the Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box.
2. Type “rstrui” and press Enter.
3. The System Restore window will open. Follow the on-screen instructions to select a restore point and restore your computer to a previous state.

Enabling System Protection

To enable system protection in Windows 10, follow these steps:

1. Open the Start menu and search for “System Protection.”
2. Click on “Create a restore point” in the search results.
3. In the System Protection tab, select the drive you want to enable system protection for and click on the “Configure” button.
4. In the next window, select the “Turn on system protection” option and adjust the maximum disk space usage for system protection if needed.
5. Click on “Apply” and then “OK” to save the changes.

Once system protection is enabled, Windows will automatically create restore points that you can use to restore your system to a previous state if needed. These restore points are useful when you encounter issues or errors after making changes to your system.

Remember to regularly create manual restore points in addition to the automatic ones created by Windows. This can be done by clicking on the “Create” button in the System Protection tab.

Enabling system protection is essential for protecting your system and ensuring that you have a safety net in case something goes wrong. Make it a habit to check and adjust your system protection settings periodically to ensure they are set up correctly and providing adequate coverage for your needs.

Creating a Restore Point

To create a restore point in Windows 10, follow these steps:

1. Open the Control Panel by right-clicking on the Start button and selecting “Control Panel” from the menu.

2. In the Control Panel, search for “System” and click on “System” or “System and Security.”

3. Click on “System Protection” in the left-hand menu.

4. In the System Protection tab, click on “Create” to create a restore point.

5. Enter a name for the restore point (e.g., “Before software installation”) and click “Create.”

6. Windows will now create a restore point, which may take a few minutes.

7. Once the restore point is created, you can close the System Protection window.

Remember to create restore points regularly, especially before making any significant changes to your system, such as installing new software or drivers. If something goes wrong, you can use the restore point to revert your system back to a previous state.

Creating restore points is an essential part of maintaining the stability and functionality of your Windows 10 system.

Recovering from a Restore Point

To recover from a restore point in Windows 10, follow these steps:

1. Open the Control Panel by clicking on the Windows icon in the taskbar and typing “Control Panel” in the search bar. Press Enter.
2. In the Control Panel, search for “Recovery” and click on “Recovery” from the search results.
3. In the Recovery window, click on “Open System Restore.”
4. A new window will open, displaying a list of available restore points. Select the restore point you want to recover from and click “Next.”
5. Review the details of the restore point and click “Finish” to start the restoration process.
6. Your computer will restart and begin the recovery process. This may take some time, so be patient.
7. Once the recovery is complete, your computer will restart again, and you will be able to use your system with the restored settings.

It is important to note that restoring your system to a previous restore point will undo any changes made since that point, including the installation of new software or updates. Make sure to save any important files before proceeding with the recovery.


Why can’t i do System Restore?

You may not be able to do System Restore due to various reasons. Here are some possible solutions: try using an alternative System Restore point, run System Restore from Safe Mode, configure System Restore disk space usage, ensure that System Restore points are being created, or consider reinstalling, resetting, or repairing your Windows operating system.

How do I force a System Restore from startup?

To force a System Restore from startup, restart your computer and press the F11 key immediately after powering on to access the “Advanced Startup” options. From there, select “System Restore” and the computer will reboot to initiate the process.

How do I put my computer in restore mode?

To put your computer in restore mode, you can follow these steps:

1. Select Start, Power, and then press and hold the Shift key while clicking Restart.
2. Select Start, Settings, Update, and Security, Recovery.
3. Under Advanced startup, click Restart now.
4. At the command prompt, run the Shutdown /r /o command.
5. Use these steps to boot the System.

Why is my System Restore turned off?

Your System Restore may be turned off for various reasons. It could be disabled by your system administrator, which commonly occurs in office settings where administrators have control over computers. Additionally, misconfiguration of dodgy third-party software that you installed could also result in the disabling of System Restore.

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