How To Enable System Restore In Windows 10

How To Enable System Restore In Windows 10

/ James Masterson

You can find some efficient features in Windows 10, particularly regarding system recovery. The tools for recovery are easy to use. In spite of this, there may be occasions when you have to intervene manually to enable restoration of the system.

An installation gone wrong or some features may freeze up leading to the system not working anymore. In addition to the backup you have done, System Restore feature of Windows 10 allows you to retrieve all system changes easily without damaging files. The feature helps to rewind the system to a point before the damage to undo all changes that cause the problems.

System Restore feature is used to identify system changes in drivers, applications, registry, system settings and files and saving the working state of the system as a restore point.

If your device faces any issues due to misconfiguration and other faults, you can apply System Restore feature for fixing the problem that affects the performance of your PC or stops your PC from responding.

System Restore

Why System Restore is Disabled in Windows 10

In Windows 10, System Restore is not enabled by default. The fact that it uses up plenty of storage space may be a reason for this. Without the System Restore, the space requirement will reduce largely. Since Microsoft is looking to run the OS on devices with storage space as low as 16GB, the feature is disabled.

This helps the system to compete with the cheaper Android tablet and Chromebook devices. And further System Restore is not the only feature that you can use to recover the system to its new state. The PC reset option in Windows 10 also helps in wiping the files completely.

Here are three ways to enable system restore in Windows 10

Method 1: Use System Restore

1. Open the system restore feature

Find the System Restore option in Windows 10 by entering it in the Search tab. Choose the option, ‘Create a Restore Point’ from the results that are displayed on entering System Restore. In ‘System Properties’ option that is displayed, choose ‘System Protection’ function and click on ‘Configure’ button.

System Protection

2. Activate system restore

Under ‘Restore Settings’ feature, choose the, ‘Turn on System Protection’ feature. This will help to undo any undesired changes. The system will move back to a point before the issue.

Turn on System Protection

Now use Max Usage sliding bar to decide the percentage of space on the hard drive you need to use for storing the restore points. Around 10% is sufficient for this. Click on ‘OK’ button.

You can also create a restore point on your own manually if you want to save the settings before making changes in the system settings. You can use the dialogue box to create the restore point. If not, you need not worry much as Windows 10 can create the option automatically.

Restore Point

Restore Point Option

3. Complete System Restore

When you need to revert to the Restore Point, you have to just open the dialog box for System Properties mentioned in step 1 and choose ‘System Protection.’ Click on ‘System Restore’ option. You will see ‘Restore Point’ option as you follow the instructions on the screen.

Before you proceed to the Restore Point level, click on the ‘Scan for Affected Programs’ feature. This will help you to know the changes brought about in the PC before using the Restore Point. Click on ‘Next’ option to proceed.

Method 2: System restore in safe mode

The above-mentioned method may not work if your Windows operating system has some serious issues. This will prevent rewinding to the Restore Point with System Restore. For this issue, you have to just open Windows 10 in its Safe Mode.

Safe Mode is a barebones version that operates the system with the bare minimum features needed. You will not be able to use any settings, drivers or apps that are complex or problematic. The system restore done using this method is an effective one.

Open the Advanced startup feature

Click on ‘Start’ option and choose ‘Settings.’ Under the Settings feature find and click on, ‘Update and Security’ function.  Choose the Recovery option here and click on, ‘Restart Now’ option present under ‘Advanced startup.’

Advanced startup

Safe mode startup

Once Windows restarts it will displace the, ‘Choose an Option’ feature. Select ‘Advanced options’ feature under ‘Troubleshoot’ and then choose ‘System Restore.’ Now System Restore can be activated normally.

Choose an Option

Method 3: Use System Reset

Sometimes the issues in your PC may be so severe that it is not possible to restore it with the above two methods. However, there is another method you can choose. You can use Reset feature, which recovers the system to its factory-fresh condition.

This will not affect your documents, but all your applications and other settings will be deleted. Before you use this method, ensure you have a complete backup done on the important files.

1. Reset this PC feature

Under the ‘Start’ menu choose ‘Settings.’ In the settings window, click on ‘Update and Security’ option and select ‘Recovery’ from the menu on the left side of the window. This will open the Reset this PC window. Click on ‘Get Started’ button.

Reset PC

2. Save your files

Once you choose ‘Get Started’ option, you will be taken to the subsequent screen where you have to click on ‘Keep my files.’

Keep my Files

Follow instructions given on-screen. This will help to reset the Windows 10.  You can find the applications list that the system will erase on reset. You will have to confirm the choices made before proceeding.

3. Use safe mode reset

The reset feature too may be prevented from working, if the issues in your PC are very severe. In such a case, you can run the system using ‘Safe Mode.’ This will help bypass the problems.

Follow the steps described in the second method above under step 1 and select ‘Troubleshoot’ option. Click on ‘Reset this PC’ option and then on ‘Keep my files’ given under Step 2.

As you can see, enabling the ‘System Restore’ feature from Control Panel is an easy task. In the case of tablets and laptops that have minimal storage space, this is not advised, as it uses considerable storage space for the snapshots. If your system has a hard drive with sufficient storage, this will not take up much space.