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How to turn on the System Restore of Windows 10

Jun 9, 2020

When you try to create a system restore point, you may receive an error message, it says System Restore has been turned off by your system administrator. To turn on System Restore, contact your system administrator. You must be thinking, I am the administrator, why do I still receive this error?

If you try to reactivate the system restore function according to some solutions on the Internet, you may encounter a new problem the buttons in the System Protection tab of the System Properties was gray (unavailable).

How to fix the problem that the System Restore has been turned off by your system administrator? How to solve the problem that the Configure button in System Protection is grey?

Actually, the above 2 issues are essentially a problem and the solution is the same. Please follow the steps below.

Step 1. Open the Run window

Press Win+R together to open the Run window.

Step 2. Open Local Group Policy

Type the following command in the Run box and click OK.

gpedit.msc

    This command opens the Local Group Policy Editor. However, if your OS is Windows 10 Home Edition, the Local Group Policy Editor is unavailable, and you will receive the error message "Windows cannot find gpedit.msc. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again." Please refer to this page to learn >>> How to enable Local Group Policy Editor in Windows 10 Home.

    Step 3. Find System Restore in the Local Group Policy Editor

    In the left panel of the Local Group Policy Editor, navigate to Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> System -> System Restore

      Step 4. Edit Turn off System Restore

      In the right panel, double-click on Turn off System Restore, Select Disabled or Not Configured, and click OK to save changes.

      Step 5. Edit Turn off Configuration

      If the state of the option Turn off Configuration is Enabled, please double-click on it. Then select Disabled or Not Configured and click OK to save changes.

      Now, you could open the System Protection successfully and the Configure button is available. Please follow the steps below to enable System Restore.

      How to turn on System Restore

      Step 1. Open the Run window

      Press Win+R together to open the Run window

      Step 2. Open System Properties

      Type the following command in the Run box and press Enter.

      control sysdm.cpl,@0,4

      Step 3. Open Configure window

      Select the system drive C in the Protection Settings and click the Configure... button.

      Step 4. Turn on system restore

      Choose the option Turn on system protection

      Step 5. Click OK to save changes.

      You can adjust the maximum disk space by dragging the scroll bar for the system restore point. Or let the system manage it. Then click OK to save changes.

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