By Ivy / Last Updated March 23, 2021

What is system restore?

System Restore, which was first introduced as part of Windows ME (Millennium edition) and include in later Windows operating system, is used to track software installation and updates, driver changes, and restore your computer to previous good state. And Windows will automatically create a record of changes concerned to a system or software event (called a restore point) once something changes on your computer. You still can create it manually as you like.

Why do we need to enable system restore in Windows 10?

More and more Windows users upgrade their Windows 7 or Windows 8 etc to the latest Windows 10. However, it still has the danger of system crash, system boot failed, etc owing to virus attacks, Ransomware, accidental deletion of system files, etc.

We cannot predict all the unexpected accidents but we can try to avoid it. If something goes wrong after installing a program, device driver or Windows 10 Update, we can use Win 10 System Restore to undo those harmful changes.

More specifically, it will revert important Windows files and settings, the Registry, and the programs you've installed back to a previous state. It’s really useful, especially when you do not want to suffer a big trouble of reinstalling your operating system or software.

So it’s very important to enable system restore on both Windows 10 and the previous Windows operating system.

How to enable system restore in Windows 10 and restore it

To enable system restore, you need to create a restore point first. Below will show you all the process of how to create a restore point and enable system restore in Windows 10.

Turn on system protection in Windows 10 and create a restore point

Step 1: Type “System” in the start menu, select “System protection”

Step 2: Select a drive and click “Configure”

Select System Drive and Click Configure

Step 3:Change “Restore Settings” to “Turn on system protection” and adjust disk space, then click ‘’OK”

Change Restore Settings and Adjust Disk Space

Step 3: Click “Create" and follow the pending operation to create a restore point for your system drive

Create a System Restore Point


Restore your computer to an earlier time

Step 1: Select the system drive and click “System Restore”, then click “OK”

system restore

Step 2: Click “Next” in the “System Restore”

Restore System Files and Settings

Step 3: Click the restore point and click “Next”

Choose the Restore Point

Tip: If you do not want to suffer a big trouble of reinstalling the programs you recently installed, you can click “Scan for affected programs” to find it and backup whatever you need.

Step 4: Confirm your restore point and click “Finish”

Confirm and Click Finish

Other things you may want to know

1. System Restore backs up important files related to Windows, such as registry files, drive and boot configurations, and hardware drivers, but the feature won’t back up your user data such as documents, music, or movies.

2. The System Restore is turned off by default in Windows 10. And the interface to enable and manage the feature is hidden in the legacy Control Panel. Furthermore, if you install the patches of Windows vulnerabilities released by Microsoft or other important updates, System Restore may be turned off automatically.

3. System Restore is useless unless your drive has enough space to save your restore point. The more space you reserve, the more restore point you will have. However, there is another problem you need to pay attention - striking a balance between the space of saving your restore point, user data and software.

4. System Restore does not work as you required if the volume you have enabled system restore is corrupted.

All these make users cannot figure out, so some users want to find a preference tool.

How to make a full backup with AOMEI Backupper

System Restore is quite different from the backup what we usually say, because it cannot backup everything. You can use it to revert your computer to a previous good state caused by small problems. However, if your system crashes or hard drive fails directly, you cannot recover your computer. That’s to say, you need a complete backup.

Here's a freeware called AOMEI Backupper which can assist you to make a full backup effortlessly and restore your backup even when your computer is unbootable. What’s more, you can restore your backup with a dissimilar hardware.

Below is the process of making a full backup.

Step 1: Download AOMEI Backupper, install and launch it.

Step 2: Enter the main page of AOMEI Backupper and click “Backup” and “System Backup” subsequently.

System Backup

Step 3: Save your operating system on the original location or click the folder shapped button to select another location as the destination path.

Select Destination

Tip: If you think making a full backup occupies much disk space, you still can make an incremental backup or differential backup based on your full backup. Once your files or folders is changed, deleted or increased, AOMEI Backupper will automatically make an incremental backup or differential backup for you.

Restore backup when your computer is unbootable

After making a full backup of your hard drive, you may want to know the process of restoring your backup.

Before you restore, you still have to create a bootable disk for Windows 10 and save it to a safe location. Once your computer is unbootable, you can use it to boot your computer and restore your full backup.

Step 1: plug your USB drive and enter the BIOS to change the boot sequence, then press F10 to save the changes and restart your computer from USB Bootable disk. When you enter Windows PE environment, AOMEI Backupper will automatically pop up. Then, click “Restore” and select a restore task in the following window.

Select Task Winpe

Step 2: Select a backup point and click “Next”

Select Backup Image

Step 3: Tick "Restore this system backup" and click "Next".  

Select Entire Backup Or Partition

Step 4: Select a destination path for your backup and click "Next".

Select Destination

Tip: If you do not make a full backup ahead of time, you can make a restore point on another computer and restore system with dissimilar hardware.

Step 5: This is the last step to restore. Just check the operation summary and click “Start Restore” after everything is right.

Preview Restore

Tip: If you want to ensure your data is complete, you can tick the checkbox before “On completion”


Up to now, you have already known how to enable System Restore. And you still know System Restore can revert your computer to a previous good state. However, System Restore will not work properly in some cases. So making a full backup for your system partition or other partition is a greater choice.