By Ivy / Last Updated March 17, 2021

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Overview of system restore points

System restore points, the collection of important system files (like drivers, registry keys, system files, installed programs, etc.) on a given date and time, can be used to restore your computer to an early date. Also, you can do system restore in safe mode if your computer is unbootable. It’s mainly used to fix the problems, which causes your computer running slowly or stopping responding.

If your system files are corrupted or damaged, you can restore your computer to the previous date. If the installed programs do not work properly, you still can fix it by system restore points.

However, when you need to restore from a system restore point to fix certain problems, you may find no system restore points have been created in Windows 10. Why did my  system restore points disappear? How to Fix this issue easily and quickly? Please keep reading below to learn more.

Why system restore points missing in Windows 10?

For Windows 10 system restore points gone, there are several possible reasons. Maybe, different users have different reason, just learn them below and find yours, so you can fix this issue thothroughly.

1. You upgrade or reinstall the operating system. If you upgrade or reinstall the operating system, the system restore points on the previous version of Windows are not applicable to the existing system. Thus, Windows will delete it automatically.

2. System Restore is disabled by default in Windows 10. In Windows 10, System Restore is disabled by default unless you manually enable it. Only to enable System Restore, you can create a restore point in Windows 10.

3. The max usage to save restore points is low. If the max usage is low, System Restore may clean up the older restore points. So, you should make sure your disk has enough space to save restore points.

4. The retention time of Windows 10 system restore is less than 90 days.  In Windows 7, a restore point can be kept for 90 days. However, in Windows 10, it cannot be kept over 90 days.

5. Any kind of USB turbo-boosters like ASRock XFast USB can affect the Volume Shadow Service. If your computer have a SRock XFast USB, you need to remove it before you create a restore points.

6. The page file is defragmented. If you find no system restore points have been created in Windows 10 after you restart your computer, your page file is defragmented. You need to recreate it.

7. System Restore has corrupt files. If the System restore has corrupt files, your restore points will be deleted. You can run sfc/scannow to check if there are corrupt files.

How to fix no system restore points in Windows 10?

To fix no system restore point in Windows 10, you need to check if it's enabled first and be sure there is no USB turbo-booster. Then, try other given solutions below. 

Fix 1: Enable System Restore

Step 1. Type System in the search box, and then select System protection

Step 2. Select a drive and click Configure to enable system protection.

Enable System Restore

Step 3. In the Restore Settings tab, tick Turn on system protection and click OK to exit this window.

Fix 2: Increase the disk space usage 

Step 1. Go the System Proetction for Local Disk (C:) and scroll down to Disk Space Usagae.

Step 2. Drag the Max Usage slider to the right side and make sure there are enough space to store restore points. Then, click Apply and OK to exit. 

Change Max Usage

Fix 3: Start Volume Shadow Service

Step 1. Press Win + R to summon the Run window

Step 2. Type services.msc to open the Service utility

Step 3. Start the Volume Shadow Service if it not running. You can Find it from the list, and then right-click it and select Start.

Start Volume Shadow Service

Fix 4: Change triggers in SR properties

Step 1. Type Task Scheduler in the search box and select it from the context menu.

Step 2. Expand the Task Scheduler Library, then select Microsoft > Windows > SystemRestore.


Step 3. Click the entry named SR in the top pane.

Step 4. Click the History tab in the bottom pane, and then see system restore tasks, warnings and errors recorded.

Step 5. Double-click SR file, then click Triggers and Edit to change the Triggers.

Step 6. Specify the conditions. You can click Conditions, then uncheck Start the task only if the computer is idle for and Start the task only if the computer is on AC power.

Now, you may successfully fix the system restore points lost problem. And you still need to create a new restore point for your computer.

Fix 5: Run system file checker 

Step 1. Type cmd in the search box and select Run as administrator.

Step 2. Type sfc /scannow and hit Enter to execute this command line.

Command Prompt 2

System restore points gone in Windows 10 | use backup directly

System restore point will be deleted automatically due to different reasons, such as, low disk space usage, disabled system restore, Windows updates, and more. In addition, it cannot restore the following items. 

1. You cannot restore your personal data. The restore points does not affect any of your documents, pictures, or other personal data. Only the recent installed programs and drivers will be uninstalled.

2. You cannot restore your computer when the hard drive or system crash. The restore points are saved in the corresponding hard drive. Therefore, if the hard drive or system crash, the restore points will also be deleted. And it does not contain all the items required to start Windows. 

Then, if you don't want to lose your data or reinstall Windows 10 from scratch, backup will be a better choice. You can keep it forever as long as the backup disk has enough space. And it can fix all the computer failure, even the system crashes.

To make it effortlessly, you need a trust and reliable backup and restore software like AOMEI Backupper Standard. It has an intitive interface and is able to backup system, disk, partition and files per your needs. Also, it supports schedule backup in daily/weekly/monthly so as to ensure you always have the lastest version.

In addition, you can move Windows 10 to new computer, even with dissimilar hardware. It makes use of a feature called "Universal Restore (supported by the professional version)" to install all the necessary drivers to start Windows.  

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

Download Freeware Win 10/8.1/8/7/XP
Secure Download

Step 2. Click System Backup under the Backup tab.

System Backup

Step 3. Specify the Task Name and select the destination path for your backup. AOMEI Backupper will automatically select the system partition and other partition related to boot your computer. Thus, you just need to choose the destination path.

Select Destination

Step 4. Set up backup settings and then click Start Backup

Options: You can comment on this task for clearly distinguish, enable email notification to get final result timely, set pre/post-command, etc.

Schedule: You can backup system at a regular time, such as, daily/weekly/monthly. It all depends on how often you will change your files on the system. If you want to backup system during off-peak hours, please remember to tick "Wake the computer to run scheduled tasks"

Wake The Computer To Run Scheduled Tasks


Scheme: You can manage backup disk space by deleting old backup image. It has 5 options, you can choose one per your needs. Note that this feature is only available on the professional version.


The way forward

If you are troubled by Windows 10 system restore points gone, you can try above solutions to solve it. Then, when your computer becomes slow or has other problems, you can restore it to previous working date.

However, system restore points do not restore files or entire system when your computer is unbootable. At this time, you need a complete system image for Windows 10 or disk backup, which will contain everything required to start Windows as well as data on it. 

To avoid such failure, you need a free backup and restore software like AOMEI Backupper Standard. It not only help you backup system or disk, but also changes made later as long as you add a schedule setting in that task. Just download it to have a try right now!