But what happens when you just can’t access any restore point? Some users reported this issue in Windows 10, but it’s frequently occurring in previous iterations, as well.
How do I restore Windows 10 if there is no restore point?
1. Make sure System Restore is enabled
- Right-click on This PC and open Properties.
- Click on System protection on the left side.
- Select Local Disk System partition, usually (C:).
- Click on Configure… below.
- Click on Turn on system protection.
- Select the preferred disk usage limit on the scale. Once the restore points reach the limit, they’ll be deleted from older to newer. Take into consideration the available space since they tend to pile up quickly.
- Confirm changes and restart your PC.
After that, your system will keep track of changes and create restore points accordingly. Basically, after every newly installed program or major system change, the system will create a restore point.
With Windows 10, Microsoft decided to disable the System Restore feature by default in order to preserve storage space and lower the requirements.
Restore points can take a lot of storage space and, with them running in the background, the minimum of 16GB of free space Windows 10 actually requires, would be impossible to work with.
For that reason, make sure that automatic restore maintenance is enabled. Of course, if you’re trying to repair your already damaged system, enabling System restore won’t help you too much.
2. Create restore points manually
- In the Windows Search bar, type restore and open Create a restore point.
- Under the System protection tab, click on Create….
- Name the restore point and click on Create.
- The system will create a restore point and you’ll be good to go when the future issues emerge.
There’s a scenario where you are certain that there were some restore points but they’re gone for no apparent reason. Sadly, that’s not unusual.
Sometimes they’re wiped out by system updates, configuration changes, or even third-party antivirus solutions. And the worst thing is that you are, most of the time, unaware of that.
And when the dire times come and you’ll need to restore PC and fix the errors – not a single restore point is there to answer your call.
If this is a repeating occurrence, your best bet is to leave the automatization behind and do it manually. You can create a restore point whenever you deem it needed, but you can’t move it from the default location which complicates things.
The only thing you can do to avoid possible absence at the time of need is to create them as often as you can.