[Guide] Enable System Protection in Windows 10

Windows 10, and earlier versions starting with the year 2000 have a feature called System Protection (you might know it as System Restore). This feature lets you go back to the previous state of the operating system so it can be useful to enable System Protection in Windows 10.

The restore points created by the feature are practically a copy of all Registry settings, system files, drivers and everything else that keeps the system running properly. If Windows 10 starts acting weird or becomes unstable you can easily use System Protection to roll back the OS to one of the saved restore points.

Starting with Windows Vista, Microsoft removed System Restore and began to use Task Scheduler for creating restore points. We also have even newer features such as Reset and Refresh, so System Protection is not as prominent as it used to be, but you can still access it in Windows 10.

How to enable System Protection in Windows 10

To enable System Protection in Windows 10 you will first need to open the Run dialog. Press Win+R or select the Run option from the Start button right-click menu.

In the Run box type the text below:


Hit the OK button and the System Properties dialog will be displayed.

enable system restore in Windows 10

Make sure the system partition is selected then press the Configure button.

enable system protection in Windows 10

In the System Protection window, enable the option called “Turn on system protection”. Then, you will need to adjust the maximum disk space that system protection will be able to use. Usually, 15% should be enough. Finally, press Apply and then OK to close the window.

You can always return to this window and disable System Protection but keep in mind that when you do it all the restore points that are currently available on that drive will be deleted. As a result, even if you turn it back on, you won’t be able to use any of them to roll back the operating system.

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