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, 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.