System Restore Disabled? Turn on System protection greyed out

If you tried to create a system restore point but you get this message back to your screen “System Restore Disabled”, this is due to the System Protection turned off. You can turn on this feature and create a system restore point again without any problem. Windows allows you to create a system restore point so you could ready to restore during any future system failure.

When system protection is enabled it creates and saves the files and registry settings information. On most of the Windows computers, it’s enabled by default but on some not.

Turn on System protection

This is quite easy, you can enable system protection using system properties.

1. Open the Control Panel then go to the System Properties.

You can also open system properties using This PC desktop icon, just click right and then properties.

2. Now, click the System Protection, This opens System Properties.

3. Select the Drive where Windows is installed then click to configure.

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4. Now select “Turn on System Protection” and click on apply button.

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Now, This is turned on, you’re ready to create a restore point. Either, if you don’t want to use these 4 steps then PowerShell is here to enable this feature. You can simply run a simple command on PowerShell Window, this will enable protection for you.

Open PowerShell and run the following command: This will enable system protection on the selected drive, you can change the drive letter to enable this on other drives.

PS C:\> Enable-ComputerRestore -Drive "C:\"

Turn on System protection greyed out

If you’re not able to Turn on system protection, When you click the enable button it becomes greyed out. Don’t worry, here you can know how to deal with this one.

1. Go to the Windows taskbar do a search for Gpedit.msc and open it. This open Group policy editor is the centralized management of Windows’ settings.

If you’re Windows 10 Home user, you’ll not see any Group policy Editor: How to install Local Group Policy Editor on Windows 10 Home

2. On Group Policy Editor, navigate following: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > System Restore

3. Now disable “Turn off System Restore” with not configured state, then click apply.

That’s it, You’ve done everything right, you can create system restore point now.

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