When you encounter a serious problem with your PC and you want to perform a system restore for your Windows 10 only to find that you have no saved system restore points and that it is too late to create a restore point now. This guide will show you how to enable System Restore in Windows 10 to start creating a restore point.
Just so you know, by enabling system restore now, Windows will start saving the restore point from the moment you turn it on and move on. If you do a system restore after that, your Windows 10 will be restored to the point where it was saved.
So if you are thinking of creating a system restore point now after a disastrous event, so that you can restore it, it will not make any sense and it will only restore your Windows 10 to the point where the disastrous event already occurred. If you don’t have a system restore point, your best option would be to reset Windows 10 to factory defaults.
How to enable System Restore in Windows 10
System Restore is enabled by default in Windows 10. In some cases, users found that System Restore was disabled and did not know why. Therefore, it is important to check if System Restore is activated on your Windows 10 PC; otherwise, activate it now in case bad things happen in the future.
- Go to the start menu.
- I searched System and open it.
- Click on Advanced system settings in the left panel.
- Click on the tab System protection .
- If you do not have a system restore point, the button Restore system will appear dimmed.
- Select your system drive, usually the C: drive.
- Click on Set up .
- Click to activate system protection .
- On Disk space usage , bring maximum usage to your preferred level. This is the amount of space that will be allocated for system restore to create a restore point. Just set a comfortable amount of space that you can afford. The more you allow, the more restore points you can create.
- Click Apply, then OK.
When System Restore is enabled, it will immediately create your first system restore point. It will create more restore points from time to time. When the restore points created exceed the amount of disk space allowed, the oldest restore points will be replaced.
An advice – If you run out of space and want to squeeze some space on your HDD, deleting restore points could tremendously free up your disk space. But again, doing this will run the risk of not being able to restore your Windows when necessary. Therefore, delete restore points only when you think you don’t need them. However, if you have enabled system restore in Windows 10, it will still create new restore points, even if you delete all restore points. To delete restore points, follow the steps above step 7, then click the button Remove what does it say delete all restore points for this drive .
To restore Windows 10 to an earlier date, read: How to restore Windows 10 system.