System Restore is a great utility of Windows that automatically backs up system as well as registry files when new software is installed. When needed, you can restore the system back to a certain point when the software was not present. The problem is, sometimes Windows doesn't show the System Restore points when you want to recover them. Fortunately, there are solutions available.
As stated above, System Restore automatically backs up system and registry files from time to time and allows you to restore the system at an earlier point in time when needed. System Restore uses a feature called System Protection that creates and saves restore points on your computer on regular basis.
You can use System Restore to recover Windows registry settings, programs, and system files installed on your system. Apart from this, System Restore also makes changes to scripts, batch files, and various other types of executable files that are created on your system. System Restore cannot help you restore/recover your personal files such as photos, videos, documents, emails, etc.
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First, you need download and install the free trial of AnyRecover on your computer.
Step 1. Launch AnyRecover and select the possible location where your deleted restore points were stored before scanning.
Step 2. After choosing the location, chick on “Start” button to proceed the scanning process. Anyrecover will start scanning the deleted restore points.
Step 3. After scanning, preview and select the files you want to restore, click on the Restore button to get them back.
If you cannot find any System Restore points, then it may be because the System Restore utility has been turned off on your computer. If the System Restore is turned off manually, any previous restore points are deleted.
Follow these instructions to check System Restore settings on Windows 7:
Step 1. Launch Control Panel from the Start menu. Then navigate to System > System Protection and then open the System Protection tab.
Step 2. Now select the drive for which you want to check the System Restore settings and click Configure.
Step 3. On the next screen, make sure that 'Restore system settings and previous versions of files' option is enabled.
Follow these instructions to check System Restore settings on Windows 10:
Step 1. Use the Search bar to find and launch Create a restore point, then click on System Protection.
Step 2. Choose the drive for which you want to check the System Restore settings.
Step 3. Now make sure that the system protection option is turned on.
If the size of the System Restore points exceeds the set value, the restore points get deleted. You can recover deleted restore points on your windows computer by configuring the 'disk usage' section of System Protection. By adjusting disk space usage, you can make sure that the System Restore points are created without issues.
Basically, you can do this via this setting to make sure that there is enough allocated space for System Restore points on your hard drive.
1. Use the Search bar of your Windows to find and launch System Restore.
2. Navigate to Create a restore point > System Protection.
3. Now click on Configure > Disk Space Usage.
4. Under this section in Max Usage, drag the movable bar and increase the size to about 5% of your backup drive capacity. You can allocate as much space as you want in this section.
If System Restore points are created on your computer and you can see them but cannot restore them for some reason, then restoring them in Safe Mode is a good choice. It is possible that you will be able to restore them in Safe Mode.
There is also a possibility that the restore points that are not being displayed in the operating system may appear in Safe Mode. So, it is worth a try. Follow these instructions to restore system points in Safe Mode:
1. Restart your computer and when it is restarting, press and hold F8 until the computer starts into Advanced Boot Options.
2. Now choose Safe Mode with Command Prompt in Advanced Boot Options and press Enter to boot the computer in Safe Mode.
3. Once the computer boots up and you see a Command Prompt window, input rstrui.exe and press Enter.
4. Now follow the on-screen System Restore instructions to restore your system to a restore point of your choice.
By Simon Marcus , to Deleted Files Recovery
Updated on Dec 16, 2019