How to turn on system restore in Windows 10

In this guide, we show you how to turn system restore on.  Windows 10 comes with System Protection which has a great feature called System Restore.  Sadly it is not on by default so you will need to turn on system restore in Windows 10 to receive this added level of protection.

What is system restore?

System Restore takes a snapshot of your computers system files at a point in time (known as a restore point) and enables you to return to that system restore point should something go wrong. Like a Windows time machine.

We highly recommend that you turn system restore on and manually create your own restore points before installing new software or making any big changes. Below is a step by step guide to show you how to turn system restore on.

How to turn on system restore in Windows 10

  1. Press the Windows key to activate the text box on the taskbar.
  2. Type restore in the text box on the task bar 
  3. A list of options will appear select Create a restore point.
  4. The System Properties box will open, (if you can not see it check the taskbar).
  5. Select the System Protection tab as shown below.
  6. In the Protection Settings section, highlight the (C:) drive.
  7. Click the button labeled Configure as shown below

system properties configure system restore

  1. This will take you to the Restore Settings see below.
  2. Click Turn on system Protection circled below and set the Disk Space Usage at the bottom by dragging the blue arrow. See note at end of instructions for how much space to select.

System protection restore settings

  1. Click Apply
  2. Then click OK to close
  3. Congratulations you have enabled System Restore.

How much disk space usage for system restore?

This will depend on two factors, how much disk space you have and how many restore points you wish to create. System restore will use the space you decide to allocated it to create restore points. Once that space is full older restore points will be deleted when you create new ones. This means more space equals more restore points to revert to. We use 5% of disk size.

We also have guides on how to manually create a restore point and if everything goes wrong, how to return to a restore point.

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