So you’d like to use and Enable System Restore in Windows 10? Then you’ve come to the right place. We’ll go over the best ways to activate System Restore on a PC in the sections that follow. But first, let’s go over a quick introduction.
System Restore is a free tool from Microsoft that works by creating a backup of your critical system files and registries, known as a Restore Point. When something goes wrong with your Windows, you can use these Restore Points to restore the previous settings where everything was working fine, rather than resorting to more complicated solutions like Factory Reset. System Restore was first introduced in Windows ME and has been a part of Windows since then, but it is disabled by default in Windows 10.
Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s move on to the next section, where we’ll go over some quick, actionable tips for turning on System Restore.
How to Enable System Restore on Windows 10?
Type ‘restore‘ into the Start menu search bar to activate System Restore, then select the Create a restore point option.
To enable System Restore on Windows 10, open the new dialog box and click Configure… under the System Protection tab.
A new tab called System Protection will appear. To enable System Restore for your PC, select the Turn on system protection radio option and click OK.
You can also set a limit on how much storage your Restore Points can take up. Because as your Restore Points fill up to their maximum storage capacity, the older ones will be deleted to free up space on your computer.
How to Create a Manual Restore Point?
That’s all there is to it when it comes to enabling System Restore settings. If you want to create a Restore Point right away, however, you’ll need to follow slightly different steps.
To do so, go to the System Protection tab in System Restore options and click Create… Next, give this Restore Point a name that will help you remember it later.
You only need to give it a name because the date and time are automatically added. I’d suggest typing Restore 1 or something similar and then clicking Create. In a few seconds, a new Restore Point will be created.
Enable Restore Point With Command Prompt
Maybe you aren’t a fan of GUI. No problem. Because you can also turn on the Restore Point from Windows PowerShell.
To get started, open an elevated Windows PowerShell by pressing Windows Key + X, and clicking on Windows PowerShell (Admin). From there, type Enable-ComputerRestore -Drive “[Drive]:” in the shell and hit Enter.
You must replace “[Drive]:” with the actual drive on which System Restore should be enabled. For example, I’ll enable the D: drive’s Restore Point here. So, the command now becomes Enable-ComputerRestore -Drive “D:\”.
Successfully Enabling the System Restore on Windows
On Windows 10 computers, System Restore is disabled by default, possibly to save space. However, because System Restore is useful for restoring your PC in the event of an accidental data loss, we recommend that you keep it turned on. This article should have assisted you in enabling System Restore on Windows 10.