System Restore is a Windows recovery tool that allows users to revert their system’s state to an earlier date, which can be used to recover from system malfunctions and other problems. System Restore returns important Windows files – drivers, system files, Registry files, installed programs and more to their previous settings.
Note that System Restore only affects your Windows files and does not affect your personal files such as your videos, pictures or other office documents.
Say you installed an application three days ago. Your system is not working properly ever since. It could be a bug in the application that is causing some problems to your system. You can do a System Restore to four days earlier i.e. before the application was installed. This ensures that system is back to normal state.
As you can see System Restore is quite a useful feature to overcome various system problems.
Why System Restore fails?
System Restore failure could be caused by virus and malware protection applications and other programs that provide some sort of background service.
Hardware driver errors, errant startup applications, file corruption, fraudulent antivirus programs can also result in System Restore not functioning.
How to resolve ‘System Restore not working’ issue?
- Check if System Restore is enabled
- Press on Windows key +R. A Run dialog box appears. Now type “exe” and hit Enter.
- In the left pane, go to Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> System -> System Restore.
- Now check the state of Turn Off Configuration and Turn Off System Restore settings. If they are not set to Not Configured, double click on both settings and set it to Not Configured.
- Now click on Apply and Ok to save changes.
- Create Restore Point manually
- Press Windows key +S. In the search box, enter Create a restore point. Now select Create a restore point from search results.
- System Properties Window pops up. Now click Create button and type name of your new restore point.
- Just check if a restore point is created. If yes, use these manually created restore points from now on.
- Run System Restore in Safe Mode
- Click on Windows key and click on Power
- Now hold the Shift key and click Restart.
- Once your system restarts, select Troubleshoot -> Advanced Options -> Startup Settings and click Restart.
- When the system restarts again, press F5 to select Safe Mode with Networking.
- Once you enter Safe Mode, perform System Restore.
- Check hard drive for errors
Corrupted files and folders within your hard drive can also cause System Restore to not work.
- Press Windows key +X. Now select Command Prompt (Admin) from the menu.
- Once Command Prompt opens, type chkdsk/f/r A: . You can replace ‘A’ with the drive letter of your hard drive.
- This process will take some time depending on the size of your hard drive. You should restart the computer on multiple occasions to complete the disk check process.
- Do an sfc scan
- Press Windows key+ X. Now select Command Prompt (Admin) from the menu.
- Once Command Prompt window opens, type sfc/scannow and hit
- Now follow the on-screen instructions.
- Ensure each partition has at least 300 MB for System Restore
Each partition that has System Restore enabled needs at least 300 MB in order to work properly. To set disk space that can be used by System Restore,
- Press Windows key +S. In the search box, type Create a restore point. Now select Create a restore point from the search results.
- Once System Properties window opens, select the hard drive partition and click Configure.
- Now move the slider to adjust the amount of space System Restore will use.
- Disable antivirus software
At times, your antivirus software could interrupt the normal functioning of System Restore. It is therefore advised to disable your antivirus software before creating a restore point.
Recover data using Remo Recover
If there was any data loss during System Restore operation or due to any other reason, Remo Recover software can resolve the issue of failed system restore on Windows 10.
The software is well equipped to recover several file types. If the file type you are looking for is not present, you can add a new file type using the Raw signature search option.
Remo Recover is a great tool to recover files after factory restore as well.
The user interface of Remo Recover data recovery tool is extremely simple. Just install the software and follow the on-screen instructions to recover your data in a safe and secure fashion.
If you lost some files from partitions, Remo Recover software is an excellent tool to recover data from lost/deleted/formatted/re-formatted partitions as well.