System Restore disabled or greyed out? Turn On System Restore in Windows 10

By default, System Restore is enabled on all Windows operating systems, including Windows 10. But some users who upgraded their computers to Windows 10 are reporting that their System Restore feature was turned off. It is therefore imperative that all users check if System Restore is enabled on their systems and if not to turn it on. This post will show you how to turn on and enable System Restore in Windows 10.

System Restore is different from System Backup. It captures resident programs, their settings, and Windows Registry as an image and backs up a few things that are necessary to reconstruct the system drive to the point – if you opt to go back.

Turn On System Restore in Windows 10

Turn On System Restore in Windows 10

To check if your System Restore has been disabled or not, type Control Panel in Start Search and hit Enter to open it. Click on System to open Control Panel’s System applet.

In the left pane, you will see System protection. Click on it to open System Properties. Under System Protection tab, you will see the Protection Settings.

Ensure that Protection is set to ‘On’ for the System drive.

If not, select the System Drive or C Drive and press the Configure button. The following box will open.

system restore disabled

Select Turn on system protection and click on Apply.

That’s it! You will have enabled System Restore on Windows 10/8/7.

Having done this, you will want to immediately create a system restore point first. Do that and check if it has been created.

Turn on System Protection is greyed out or missing

If the Turn on System Protection option is greyed out or missing on your Windows computer, maybe System Restore is disabled by your system administrator.

You may also use the Enable-ComputerRestore cmdlet. It turns on the System Restore feature. So run the following command in an elevated PowerShell window:

PS C:\> Enable-ComputerRestore -Drive "C:\"

This command enables System Restore on the C: drive of the local computer.

If System Restore is not working and system restore points are not created, you may want to open Run box from the WinX menu, type services.msc to open the Services Manager and ensure that the Volume Shadow Copy & Task Scheduler & Microsoft Software Shadow Copy Provider Service is Running and set to Automatic.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

20 Comments

  1. bonbonboi

    Who cares!

  2. vasudevG

    After upgrading to #Windows10 Build 10525, System Restore was turned off for me…so please check after upgrade and turn it on.

  3. oic

    mine was turned off by default

  4. Vinix Wu

    Those who’s computer got encrypted for money cares…

  5. Hell PC

    Good to know.. thanks

  6. David Vilches

    Thank you man!

  7. Secret

    Thank you for sharing the valuable information. It worked well for me.

  8. Hedgehogske Ten Have

    my pc does not allow me to turn on the system resore every box to turn on is disabled. what to do now?

  9. Lud a. r.

    Don’t expect the “previous versions” tabs on folders to start
    working, like in Windows 7. For that you ALSO need to go into Services
    and enable “Volume Shadow Copy”.

    (It’s all very well trying to push the
    new Win10 feature “File History” but not so much fun when you needed it, and discovered it’s not working by default, as before,)

  10. Wei-Ning Chen

    How much should data should I allow it? My C drive is a 117GB capacity SSD with 91.9 used space

  11. jkm

    Right click start – system goes to About Windows 10 (completely different screen), and not to System. There’s no option for system protection.

  12. Type Control Panel in Start Search and hit Enter to open it. Then click on System,

  13. jkm

    Thanks, now it gives an option to Backup and Restore (Windows 7), Security and Maintenance, File History, Adm tools. Why Windows 7 when I’m in 10?

    I was directed to your site as a first step to solving an update problem which takes forever or crashes and slows down the system. I have to keep the computer sleeping or I might not be able to work.

  14. Type sysdm.cpl in Start Search and hit Enter to open System settings.
    Windows 10 still uses the Windows 7 syetem backup functionality and so they have retained hat name.

  15. Joseph David

    My Windows 10 will not let me enable System Restore that shows that it is disabled. I just formatted a new drive with partitions so that I could have System Restore (and a Recovery Drive on separate) partition(s). Why is this enabling System Restore not working? Some-one-thing locked my 10 into disable System Restore.

  16. Iconoclaster

    Do you mean you have to manually set “Volume Shadow Copy” service to Automatic (default is Manual) on Windows 10 to re-enable file history as it was with Win7 (RMB on a file, and then Properties > Previous versions)?

  17. Iconoclaster

    … wanted to add that enabling System Protection and having saved a restore point, allows you to use also ‘Properties > Previous versions’ to restore the old version of a file/folder/drive at the time the restore point was taken.

  18. After upgrade to 1803, My System Restore was forced off. Thanks, Anand, for the info on the command to reinstate it without having to do complex Regedit hacking!

  19. Ace Khafaji

    I fixed mine by going to “system properties” -> system protection -> now at the middle of that window you should see your drives, in my case C drive D Drive (DATA) and Recovery E drive.
    They should be off for you, on your first look there under protection. Now, what i did to fix the issue was press on the C drive which is Windows (C) (system) for me, double click on it and press the configure button which should be under it, and once you’re there, you should be able to turn on the system protection.

    Note: this might seem stupid but even i tried turning it on, seeing a greyed out option, but once i clicked on C it worked, and after it worked on my C drive, all my other drives were open for recovery… its weird, but i hope it helps, comment on this if it worked for you C:

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