How to Enable System Restore on Windows 10

Do you want to learn how to enable System Restore on Windows 10? On this post, you can do it with Registry Editor and Windows Settings.

Many of you are the ones who ask where is located the System Restore in Windows 10. What happens is that by default this function is sometimes disabled, and it is one of the most used in the previous versions (especially in Windows 7) to repair problems that may arise saving time for complete reinstallation.

The reason for having it disabled in some cases is because of the space that may be occupying in your system. You must also remember that it is straightforward to restore the system with the “Reset PC” option that has been included in the default system (saving data automatically or removing everything).

What is a Restore Point?

A restore point in Windows 10 gives you the ability to restore your computer to an earlier state where its operation was correct and optimal, this may be after you have made some installation, change values, edit policies, where the computer began to present anomalies in their behaviour and there the restore point is a great ally.

restore point

A restore point is a backup of the Operating System that includes the status and configuration of various elements such as libraries, programs and system logs.

If you want to learn how to enable it, I will show you two methods through Registry editor and Windows Settings.

Method #1: Enable System Restore in Windows 10 using Registry

This is the most sophisticated way to enable the System Restore feature on Windows 10, but if you have any trouble activating through the usual way, you can follow these steps:

1. Press the key combination Winkey + R and type the command regedit
2. Press Enter to open the Registry Editor
3. Navigate through the folder to the path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\SystemRestore\
4. On the left, find the value: RPSessionInterval and double click on it.
5. To enable System Restore, change its value to 1
6. Restart your PC to apply the changes.

enable system restore windows 10 registry

Note: if you want to disable the system Restore change the value from 1 to 0.

Method #2: Enable System Restore using Windows 10 Settings

Before starting, it is essential to verify if this functionality of Windows 10 is enabled or not, since by default this is disabled in the system.

Keep in mind the space you are going to reserve for this restoration task as the accumulation of restoration points will increase. If your disk is big enough, you will not have any problem in setting the limit high, if you have little space, keep it in mind to put less space.

To check if you want to enable this option, follow these steps:

1. Open the Control Panel
2. There click on System and Security and then on System
3. On the left click on Advanced system settings
4. On the window that opens, go to the tab System Protection

enable system restore windows 10

There you can see that the option System Restore option is enabled for my C drive.

To enable it if you have it on OFF, you need to click on your drive path and click on the button Configure.

Then click on the option Turn on system protection and under Max usage, select the amount of space you want to use to your restore points.

restore point max usage

Click on Apply, then OK and you will have it enabled. Remember that if you click on the Create button, you can create a restore point at the same time (If you do not click it, it will start automatically when you restart Windows 10).

How to use Windows 10 System Restore

To use System Restore in the future, you only have to perform the same steps as before, and in the System Protection window, you will see the “System Restore and “Create” button.

When you press it, you will start the restoration process very simple and with the same design that you had in previous versions of Windows. With this, you can return to an earlier state of some restore point already made previously.

system restore

If Windows does not start what you should do is a boot in safe mode and run the system restore, you can efficiently perform these restorations to previous states.

Create a Restore Point using Command Prompt

The most common way to create the restore point of the system is using the Create option located at the bottom of the System protection tab, but today you will learn to create a restore point with a simple double click thanks to a script.

For this, right-click on any blank space on the desktop and select the New > Shortcut option.

create shortcut

In the displayed window, copy the command: cmd.exe /k "wmic.exe /Namespace:\\root\default Path SystemRestore Call CreateRestorePoint "Restore Point WindowsHelper", 100, 7"

This command tells Windows 10 to run the Command Prompt and use the WMIC tool to create a Windows 10 restore point.

shortcut creating

Click Next, and assign a name to your shortcut. Click on Finish to exit the assistant. Now you can right click on the shortcut created on the desktop and select the option Properties.

run as administrator shortcut

Now click on the button Advanced and in the window opened, check the box Run as administrator to run the scripts with admin rights. Press OK to save the changes.

Run the Script to Create Restore Point

To validate that everything works correctly, double click on the shortcut and a console will open the command prompt where you will see the following:

restore point cmd

This indicates that everything works properly.

From this moment every time you install a program that causes instability of the system edits some registry or policy with errors, you can make use of this small direct access to create a restore point of Windows 10 practically.

If you run Windows 8 or some more recent edition, the restore point script runs correctly but will not create a new restore point if previously created restore points exist.

To avoid this, go back to the option System protection, select the unit where the restore point is to be created and click on the Configure option.

There click on the Delete button located at the bottom, and the following message will be displayed.

There click on the Continue button to continue with the process.

Wrapping Up: Enable System Restore in Windows 10

In this way, you can successfully enable System Restore in Windows 10 using Registry and Settings. Remember to be careful following these steps.

Have you been able to enable system restore on your PC? Let me know in the comments section.

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