[Solved] System Restore not working in Windows 10

From basic users to advanced users on Windows OS machines, everyone might have come across system crashes, bugs, and even malware attacks. While it costs a lot of money to get a professional look after our system or to buy malware removal software, it costs nothing if we know about System Restore. Yes, the system restores feature in Windows OS lets us create restore points. These restore points act like time machines in simple language. This post will explain what to do if System Restore not working in Windows 10.

While installing third-party software from unknown sources, one should create a system restore point beforehand. At times the PC may crash or become unstable after installing a new application. To counter this, we can simply go back to the system restore point and restore the PC to its previous state. But what if the system restores feature is not working? What to do if a system restores point is corrupt? Go through this article to find out how you can find a way around it.

System Restore not working in Windows 10

Try the following methods if system restore is not working on your computer –

1. Make sure System Restore is enabled

If the system restore is not working on your computer, the first solution we suggest you open Group Policy Editor and make sure system restore is enabled. To do this, follow the below steps:

  • Click on Start, type gpedit.msc and select the result from the top of the list.
  • In the Local Group Policy Editor, navigate to the following –

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > System Restore.

[Solved] System Restore on Windows 10

  • Move to the right pane and double click on the Turn off Configuration option.
  • On the next page, check on Not Configured.
  • Now click OK to save the changes.

2. Check your disk space usage

If changing group policy doesn’t fix the issue, make sure your disk space usage is at least 300MB. Follow the below steps to do so –

  • Open Control Panel.
  • Now scroll down and select Recovery > Open System Restore > Next.
  • From the result, click create a restore point.
  • And then click the Configure button on the pop-up System Properties window.

[Solved] System Restore not working

  • In the new popup window, move the slider in order to adjust the max usage of your disk space to at least 300MB. 
  • Click OK to save the changes.

3. Run System Restore in safe mode

Sometimes while using System Restore, this type of issue may occur and create errors. So, in order to solve this issue, you can try running system restore in safe mode. Here’s how to do –

  • Click on Start, type System Configuration, and select the result from the top of the list.

System Restore not working in Windows 10

  • Go to the Boot tab, then mark on Safe boot and click OK.
  • Click Restart if your system asked by System Configuration.
  • Your computer will access Windows 10 safe mode.
  • Now run system restore.

4. Disable antivirus software

If you’re still dealing with the same issue, chances are that your security software has blocked the System Restore. To fix this problem we suggest you turn off your Antivirus application temporarily and see if it works. Here is how to do:

  • Open Settings app using the Windows+I keys.
  • Now select Update & Security > Windows Security > Virus & threat protection.
  • Under Virus & threat protection option, click on the Manage settings option.
  • Now turn off the Real-time protection toggle switch.

5. Run System File Checker

Sometimes missing or corrupted system files also cause system restore not to work. In order to repair missing or damaged files on your computer, run an Sfc scan and see if it works.

  • Press Win+X to open the quick-access menu.
  • Select Command Prompt (Admin) from the list.
  • If prompted by User Account Control, click Yes.
  • Now type the following command and press Enter key –
 sfc /scannow
  • Wait until it completes the process successfully.

Hope this post helped you solve this issue. If you have any queries or proposals related to this post, feel free to let us know in the comment box.

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