System Restore window

How to Enable and Use Microsoft System Restore in Windows 11

Hey there, Windows 11 enthusiast! We know that technology can sometimes throw a curveball your way, but worry not – we’ve got your back. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the process of enabling and using Windows 11 System Restore to keep your system running smoothly. It’s your safety net for those “uh-oh” moments when things go awry.

Microsoft System Restore is a valuable feature in Windows 11 that allows you to revert your computer’s system files and settings to a previous state, effectively undoing any recent changes that may have caused issues or disruptions to your workflow. Whether you’ve installed a problematic software update, driver, or encountered other issues, System Restore can help you get your system back to a stable state without losing your personal files. In this guide, we’ll walk you through how to enable and use Microsoft System Restore in Windows 11.

Why System Restore is Useful

System Restore is a crucial tool for maintaining the stability and functionality of your Windows 11 computer. Here are some reasons why it’s useful:

Undo System Changes: If you install a software program, driver, or Windows update that causes problems or errors, System Restore allows you to roll back your system to a state where everything was working correctly.

No Data Loss: Unlike a full system reset, System Restore does not affect your personal files, documents, or applications. It only reverts system files and settings.

Workflow Continuity: System Restore helps prevent interruptions to your workflow. You can quickly recover from unexpected system issues without losing valuable work or having to reinstall software.

Now, let’s learn how to enable and use System Restore in Windows 11.

Enabling System Restore

Before you can use System Restore, you need to ensure it’s enabled on your computer. Follow these steps:

1. Open System Properties: Press `Win + X` and select “System” from the menu. Alternatively, you can right-click on “This PC” in file explorer and choose “Properties.”

WinX window

2. Access System Protection: In the System window, click on the “Advanced system settings” link on the left sidebar or below “Device Specifications”

advanced options

3. Enable System Protection: In the System Properties window, navigate to the “System Protection” tab. Here, you’ll see a list of drives on your computer. Select the drive where you want to enable System Restore (usually the system drive, typically labeled “C:”).

System Restore window

4. Configure System Restore: Click the “Configure” button. In the next window, select “Turn on system protection” if it’s not already enabled. You can also adjust the maximum disk space allocated for restore points using the slider.

5. Create a Restore Point (Optional): You can manually create a restore point by clicking the “Create” button in the System Properties window. This is a good practice before making significant changes to your system.

Using System Restore

Once System Restore is enabled, you can use it to revert your system to a previous state. Here’s how:

1. Open System Properties: Follow the same steps as before to open the System Properties window.

2. Access System Restore: In the System Properties window, click the “System Restore” button.

3. Select a Restore Point: The System Restore wizard will open. Click “Next” to see a list of available restore points. Choose the restore point that corresponds to a time when your system was working correctly, then click “Next.”

4. Confirm Your Selection: Review the details of the restore point you selected. Make sure it’s the correct one, and then click “Finish.”

5. Begin the Restore: Confirm the action by clicking “Yes.” Your computer will restart, and the restoration process will begin.

6. Wait for Completion: Your computer will restart once again during the process. Allow Windows to complete the restoration, and don’t interrupt it.

7. Confirmation: Once the restoration is complete, Windows will inform you if it was successful. Your system should now be in the state it was in when the selected restore point was created.


Microsoft System Restore is a powerful tool that can save you from the headaches of system errors and interruptions to your workflow. By enabling and using System Restore in Windows 11, you can quickly and easily revert your computer to a previous, stable state without losing your important files or applications. It’s a valuable feature for troubleshooting and maintaining the health of your Windows 11 system.

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