System Restore – a very useful tool when it comes to recovering from a bad program install or botched update is disabled by default in Windows 10.
What does this mean for you?
Hopefully not a lot – System Restore is only used when your computer is unable to start, bluescreens, or you experience random happenings in programs and can’t fix any other way. Therefore we hope you never need it! Having said that, the number of times I have visited clients and solved their issues with System Restore is uncountable!
Here’s how to turn it back on again!
- From the Desktop, in the search box type ‘System Protection’ and press enter when ‘create a restore point // control panel’ is displayed:
- Note under the protection column System (C:) (System), the status is ‘Off’
- Click the ‘Configure’ button
- Tick ‘turn on system protection’ and drag the slider to a reasonable amount of space.
- The larger you make this the more restore points you have and the further back in time you can go.
- For a drive that is larger than 250GB, I would recommend at least 10GB of space.
- Click Apply
- Click ‘Create’ and give the new point a name
- Wait for Windows to create the initial restore point and then click Ok
Here’s a quick video for these steps:
Why has Microsoft done this?
Nobody is entirely sure, but some current theories are:
- On smaller devices (cheap tablets) with only 16 or 32gb of space, there isn’t enough room to have a system restore file as well.
- Windows 10 has excellent ‘in-place upgrades’ from build to build, but this interferes with System Restore in some way, therefore they are turned off.
- Windows 8/8.1 and 10 have ‘Reset/Refresh this PC’ which effectively reinstalls Windows whilst keeping all your files and programs installed. I love the idea of this, but still don’t trust it entirely!
- System Restore is too complicated for end users (might be true, but it is very useful when troubleshooting a client’s computers!)
- Users thought System Restore was a replacement for a backup – it’s not. System Restore is used to backup your computer’s settings, not your files.
If anyone has any more thoughts, or an official response from Microsoft, please let me know!