Solved: system restore greyed out windows 10

Posted by @Ada

October 16, 2018

System Restore is greyed out or disabled in Windows 10, you can refer to this article and find solutions here.

Overview of system restore greyed out in Windows 10

I am using Windows 10 64 bit. When I access the system protection tab, the system restore is greyed out, then I select C drive and click Configure button, the option Turn on System Protection also greyed out. Can somebody help me with this?

System Restore Greyed out Windows 10

System restore is a feature that allows one to restore to the previous state. Unfortunately, sometimes, this feature greyed out and cannot be enabled. When you encounter system restore greyed out in Windows 10 issue, do not be panic, you can refer to this article and find solutions.

How to fix System restore greyed out in Windows 10?

Sometimes, you cannot turn on system protection in Windows 10 because your system restore is disabled by your system administrator. You can try the methods below to solve this issue.

Using Registry Editor

Press Win + R to bring up the ‘Run’ dialog box. In it, type regedit.exe and hit Enter.

Then, navigate to the following key in the left pane of the Registry Editor window: 

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ Software \ Policies \ Microsoft \ Windows NT \ SystemRestore.

Delete the value DisableConfig and DisableSR. 

Registry Editor

Using Group Policy Editor

If your Windows ships with the Group Policy Editor, you can run gpedit.msc to open the Group Policy Editor and navigate to the following setting:

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > System Restore.

Look “Turn Off System Restore” setting. Double click on it and set it to Not configured or Disabled.

Click on Apply and exit.

Restart and you will find the System Restore has been enabled.

Group Policy

By elevated command prompt

Right-click the Start menu from your desktop, type cmd, right-click it and select run as administrator option.

At the command prompt, input the command:

"%windir%\system32\rundll32.exe /d srrstr.dll,ExecuteScheduledSPPCreation"
and press Enter to execute it.

The related system process may be not running in the background, so you need to start it.
Press the Win + R keys, type services.msc into the Run dialog, and click OK button. You can also open Control Panel, go to Administrative Tools, and open the services shortcut.

Local Service

In services Window, locate the “Volume Shadow Copy“, double click/tap on it, and click on Start button. If its Startup type is set to Disabled, change it to Automatic, and click OK.

If you are using Windows 10 Home edition, Group policy is not available for you.

What you should do is the following thing:

1. Click Configure... button.

2. Then select Turn on system protection.

3. Click Apply to exit the second window to check the result in the first window.

Another better way to protect your computer

As a matter of fact, system restore cannot be used as backup. It plays a limited role to protect your computer. System restore does restore your system files, but it will not restore any of your personal files like emails, music, videos, documents, photos.

Besides, it is vulnerable. As it saves restore points in the corresponding volume, if the volume crashes, you will lose all your files on the volume as well as restore points. To have a better protection for your computer, you can use Windows built-in tool or a third party software to create an image backup.

To create image backup, free AOMEI Backupper leaves you more flexible choices. You can use it to backup your system, which includes your personal data. If you want to protect your whole disk, you can use disk backup feature. You can also schedule an incremental backup, so you do not worry the backup disk as incremental backup only backup the changed data after the first full backup.

With its user-friendly interface, you can easily handle this software. And this software is design for Windows 7/8/10/Visa/XP.

Take disk backup as an example, let’s see how to protect the hard drive with AOMEI Backupper easily.

Step 1. Download AOEMI Backupper, install, and launch this tool. At the main interface, click Backup and select Disk Backup.

Disk Backup

Step 2. The "Task Name" can be set so that it can help to distinguish backups from each other. Select a source disk that you want to back up, and you can back up several disks at a time by clicking "Add". Then, select a destination path to store the image file. 

Task Name

Backup Option: click general to enable email notification. Click compression to choose the compression level for a backup.

Schedule: you can create automatic backup by click Schedule. By default, it will schedule an incremental backup.

Scheme: it enables you to manage disk space. It can automatically delete old backups and keep the latest versions of the backup image file. Noticed that this feature is only available in paid version.

Shcedule Backup

Step 3: Click "Start Backup" to carry out and wait until the operation is complete. Click "Finish" to exit the interface. 

To make a conclusion, if you encounter System Restore greyed out in Windows 10, you can follow this article to solve this issue. If you cannot solve this issue, you can still use an image backup created by AOMEI Backupper to protect your computer.