Top 6 Tips to Fix Windows System Restore

Windows System Restore is considered as one of the most useful feature as it lets your system come back to the last restoration point in case some of your Windows Programs or System files stop functioning abruptly.

However, sometimes it may happen that the System Restore feature fails to function itself adding up more to your frustration levels. In such case, losing patience is certainly not an option you have, but rather getting to the root of the problem patiently could help you overcome your issue.

So here we will be discussing about top 6 tips to fix the Windows System Restore.
  1. Manually Create a System Restore Point

Creating a manual restore point can be a stepping stone to fix the Windows System Restore. This process however, doesn’t guarantee to fix the system Restore, although it might present you with an error message thereby making it very easy to diagnose the problem.


To start with, type Restore Point in the search bar and click on the option Create a Restore Point.  Click on the option named Create and then select a name. Wait for the process to get complete and check to it whether an error message appears.
  1. Checking the Disk Space Allocation

Sometimes the System Restore Point might fail in case there is not enough disk space for their allocation. To have a look at the space you have assigned to this task, type Restore Point in the search bar and click on the option Create a Restore Point. Click on the Configure button after which you will be able to alter or tweak the Disk Space Utility.

Using the slider, try to increase the allocated space and then create a new Windows System Restore Point to see if it has created the desired effect.
  1. Boot Into Safe Mode

Booting into Safe Mode can be one of the effective ways to trace your path back to services and drivers. While moving into Safe Mode, your PC abilities get reduced to a bare minimum preventing other Windows programs from interfering which might be causing a problem.

Note that Safe Mode is a stop-gap arrangement, as in future you still may have to encounter the actual reason behind the failure of system Restore function. For booting up in Safe Mode in Windows 10, in the search bar type msconfig and proceed to open the system Configuration. Move to the Boot tab and click on the check box before the Safe Boot option. Click on the minimal option from the four available radio toggle options. Try running the System Restore from the Safe Mode.
  1. Use Selective StartUp

This toll is quite similar to the Safe Mode as it will minimize all the other processing running on your computer and will thus make it extremely easy to diagnose problems. In the search box, type System Configuration and open it.

You can further control your computer behavior during the startup by checking and unchecking the Load System Services and Load Startup Items.
  1. Check whether System Restore is Active on All Drives

With multiple storage drives on your computer, each drive can have its own protection turned on and off individually. It might happen that System Storage function might now be active for the particular drive on which you are trying to restore to the previous state.

To check this, in the search bar, type Restore Point and click on the option for Create a Restore Point. Under the Protection Settings subheading, you will see you will see the list of available drives and its status showing you whether they are protected or not.

In order to change this setting, click on one particular drive to highlight it and further click on the Configure button. Using the radio button, you can turn on/off the System Restore function.
  1. Make Sure other Essential services are running

The working of System Restore relies on other services for doing its job and without which it won’t function. In the Search bar, type Services and check the following three services mainly whether they are active or not:

  • Microsoft Software Shadow Copy Provider Service
  • Task Scheduler

  • Volume Shadow Copy

To search for this above mentioned specific service, sort the Name alphabetically and have a look at these services. Make sure that all of these are Running and will be set to Automatic in the Startup Type column.