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System Restore Point in Windows 10: How to Enable, Create and Perform


Today we will show you how to enable, create and perform a system restore point in Windows 10. Let’s get started here by clicking on Start menu. Go to Search and type in “recovery”. Click on Recovery and it will open Recovery Control Panel.

Once it is opened, we want to go ahead and enable restore within Windows 10 by clicking on Open system restore, the third option here. Then window will appear and and you can see here that the system restore is presently turned off.

We are going to configure system protection to turn it on.

system restore settings

Here you can see that system restore is turned off. After that let’s go to Configure.

At first you need to check on Turn on system protection and that will enable restore at this point.

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Then we can go down below here and allocate as much disk space as we like to the system restore.

restore settings protection

It’s up to you how much you want allocate for this. You can always come back and readjust it if it’s not enough.

Go ahead and click on Apply.

Now we are ready to create a system restore for our hard drive C: for Windows 10. So let’s go ahead and click on Create. We get a window that is prompting us for the name of the restore point that we want to create.

create restore point

You can make one up that’s work for you. Once it’s done, click on Create.

The process of system restore point creating can take from a few minutes or even a couple of hours. It depends on the performance of your machine.

Once it is done, you will get the message that restore point was created successfully.

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Keep in mind that we can also do a system restore from this window as well. So let’s go ahead and do that by clicking on System Restore.

system restore

It will open up the window where we can restore system files and settings. Click on Next and select a restore point. If you have multiple images that you’ve done in the past, you can choose one of them. After that click on Next and confirm your restore point.

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System restore cannot be interrupted, so if you want to go ahead click on Yes. Make sure you do not disturb your computer at this point.

Now your Windows 10 system will restart and then you will get the final message that says «System Restore completed successfully». So, that’s all. If you have any problems with it, you are free to leave the comments in the section below.


  • TheRedHood

    Good article but with Sys Restore it’s always important to note that it’s not always going to offer protection from viruses or even a botched install/update. Many programs out there like Rollback Rx, Shadow Defender, and Comodo Time Machine manage to be more resilient to these sorts of attacks.

  • Glitch177k

    Does anyone here know why the default for this changed in windows 10? We are wanting to turn it back on, but I’ve yet to find an explanation for why Microsoft decided to turn this feature off when it was widely used and seemed a minimal impact previously. I’m worried that there may be unintended consequences by turning it back on. The best theory I’ve heard so far was that it might be an attempt to save disk space on smaller ssd devices.

  • Mario J.

    Great step by step guide, yet still find it hard to believe that it would not come activated on Windows. System restore is one of the features I use the most. Hope that this version addresses missing restore points and time to create point is shortened, as that is a big turn-off. Tons of third-party software like Farstone Restore IT, Comodo and Rollback Rx offer similar, more robust protection.