How to ensure System Restore is turned on in Windows 11

System Restore is one of the more powerful tools included in the Windows operating system. It can save the day when something goes haywire with your Windows 11 installation.

As the name suggests, it is a system tool designed to get your machine in working order in case of a critical error or problem with your device. In other words, this awesome little tool can get you out of serious jams and roll your installation back to a previous working state.

Make sure System Restore is turned on in Windows 11 via this quick tutorial.

What is System Restore?

Microsoft has built the System Restore utility in its OS to help you quickly and easily get back in the game when something goes wrong with your Windows 11 installation. This could be the result of a faulty program installation, or some other serious issue.

System Restore can restore your computer back to when it was working.


The way it works is that you need to have at least one Restore Point saved on your machine so that you can roll back to it if something goes wrong. If the utility is turned off, it will no be able to create these points that can help you should you ever need them.

Make sure System Restore is turned on

As mentioned above, you will need to make sure that it is turned on, as this tool may occasionally be turned off on your system. This often happens when you update your PC to a newer version of Windows 11. Even some computers come from the factory with the System Restore utility disabled.

Luckily, it is very easy to check whether System Restore is enabled or not on your computer. If you find that it is disabled, then turning this feature back on is simply a matter of a few mouse clicks.

Simply follow these steps below:

  1. Press the Start button.
  2. Type system restore to search.
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  3. Select Create a restore point from the list of results.
  4. The System Properties box should open up.
  5. Here, the System Protection tab will serve up a list of available drives. The C: drive is usually critical, as it is the one that typically holds your Windows installation and all related system files.
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  6. Select it, or whichever your system drive is, then click the Configure button.
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  7. Select the radio button beside Turn on system protection.
  8. Click Apply, and then OK.
  9. Finally, click OK again to close the panel.

That’s all there is to it!

You can now rest easy that System Restore is turned on and working to protect your PC. This way, you can have Windows 11 go back to this previous working state and forgo the latest changes made to the system.


Great as System Restore is at quickly resolving many Windows issues, it is not a replacement for a full backup routine. So, while you can’t depend on it to protect your data, the utility nevertheless, should be your first resource to roll things back should your system ever become corrupted or unstable.