System restore is an inbuilt Windows feature that allows restoring system settings from previously saved restore points. This feature has saved us a lot of times, but after updating to Windows 10 some of us face a problem with System Restore i.e. System Restore option is greyed out. This means neither can we restore to an earlier point or can we create a system restore point. Most common way to resolve this problem, is by enabling System Protection but if that too is greyed out then what?

Thankfully we have a solution to resolve system restore greyed out issue on Windows 10.

Switch to System Protection tab. It will have a list of all the drives and status of protection ( on/off) Select C drive, and click configure button. If in this windows, you can select the radio option “Turn on System protection,” you are good to go. Set it up and create a restore point. If you cannot, then follow-up to the next section.

When I access the system protection tab, select C drive and click configure button, the radio option “Turn on System protection” becomes greyed out. The problem always happens after the device is updated to Windows 10. The Turn on system protection is greyed out while you are able to access the System Restore panel. If you find that system. Dec 01, 2019 If you select a volume and click the 'Configure' button, is the option 'Turn on System Protection' also grayed out? If so, try this: Enabling the Disabled System Restore: Type GPEDIT.MSC in your Start Search box.

How to solve system restore greyed out problem in Windows 10?

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  • Jul 04, 2017  Fix Disabled or Greyed Out System Restore. July 4, 2017 by Charlie Leave a Comment. I checked my system restore settings (in windows 10 just type in search “System restore”) and tried to to turn on System Protection by going into System Properties and clicking the “Configure” button. But my “Turn on System Protection” option was.

Here, we bring certain steps using which you can resolve system restore greyed out problem in Windows 10:

Usually, if you’re not logged in as System Admin or disk space usage is not set under system protection, then this problem arises.

Therefore, before we try and follow other methods to resolve the problem. We need to login as System Admin and adjust disk space. For this head to System Properties > Configure > under Disk Space Usage adjust the slider to assign disk space for system protection.

This should help. If this doesn’t work, then try using following methods.

Ways To Resolve System Restore Greyed Out Problem

Method 1: Using Registry Editor

  1. Open ‘Run’ dialog box by pressing Win + R key together. Here type regedit.exe and hit Enter.
  2. Next, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE Software Policies Microsoft Windows NT SystemRestore. You’ll find this location in the left pane of Registry Editor window.
  3. Next, look for Disableconfig and DisableSR values in the right pane. Select them and delete.

Now restart your machine to apply settings and check if you are able to use System Restore option.

Method 2: Using Group Policy Editor

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

  1. Open ‘Run’ dialog box by pressing Win + R key together. Here type gpedit.msc
  2. Now under Computer Configuration head to > Administrative Templates > System > System Restore.
  3. Here, in the right pane look for “Turn off System Restore” setting. Double click on it and set it to Not Configured or Disabled if set to Enabled.
  4. Next click Apply to save settings.

To bring changes into effect restart your Windows 10 machine. Now check if you are able to use System Restore option.

Method 3: Using Elevated Command Prompt

  1. Type Command Prompt in the search bar. Once you see the search result right click and select Run as Administrator.
  2. Next, paste the command
    and press Enter to execute it.
  3. There is a possibility that the related system process may be not running in the background. Therefore, you need to start it.
  4. To do so, Open ‘Run’ dialog box by pressing Win + R key together. Here type services.msc,
  5. Now under Services Window, locate “Volume Shadow Copy, “service right click on it and from the context menu select Start, If it is running stop it and change Startup type to Automatic.
  6. From the context menu and then If its Startup type is set to Disabled, change it to Automatic, and click OK.

Now check you should be able to use System Restore.

Alternate way to backup system files and your important data

As a matter of fact, System Restore and Data backup aren’t the same. System Restore only takes backup of your system files and allows to restore when needed. This means none of your personal files likes music, video, photos, documents can be restored using System Restore. In addition, as restore points are saved on the system volume, if the volume crashes, all files on the volume as well as restore points are also compromised thus making the system restore vulnerable. Therefore, for better data protection you can use a backup tool to secure your data.

To backup your important data and system files you can use Advanced System Optimizer. This system optimization tool offers various flexible choices. Virgil Bug :: Fallout 4 General Discussions. You can use it to backup both your personal data and system files. To take a simple backup, encrypted backup, with different compression ratio you can use Backup Manager feature of Advanced System Optimizer. Not only this you can even resume an existing backup job, select backup location, take backup of complete drive volume, and can also schedule backup, using Backup Manager.

Advanced System Optimizer has a user-friendly interface, this makes software handling really simple. Moreover, this system optimization tool is compatible with Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP.

Let’s see how to protect your data and system file with Advanced System Optimizer.

Step 1. Download, install and launch Advanced System Optimizer. At the main interface, click Backup & Recovery.

Step 2. Next to take backup of your personal data click on Backup Manager option present in the right pane.

Step 3. Name the backup job, to differentiate backups from each other and click Next.

Step 4: Select Backup media type, compression level and click Next.

Step 5: Select a backup location if you wish to store it at some other location. For this click on three dots next to location and click Next to proceed.

Step 6: From here you can backup entire registry, documents and can even backup entire disk partition. For this click on My Folders. Once you have selected files for backup click on Next.

Step 7: Now select the files or driver partition and click on Add that you wish to backup. To add complete drive partition, click on Add All > Next.

Step 8: This is the last step, to start taking backup immediately check the box next to Backup immediately and click Next.

Moreover, if you want to exclude certain files from being backed up check make the box next to Use Exclusion List > Manage Exclusion List.

Click Next to start with the backup process.

This way you will be able to take backup of your selected data.

How to backup system files using System Files Backup & Restore?

Step 1: Launch Advanced System Optimizer. At the main interface, click Backup & Recovery > System Files Backup & Restore.

Step 2: Next, click on Take Backup Now button.

Step 3: Specify the location > Start Backup.

Step 4: System Files Backup & Restore will start taking backup of your system files.

Step 5: Click “Finish” to exit the interface.

We hope using these steps mentioned above, your problem of system restore greyed out in Windows 10 is now resolved. However, if the problem still persists you can use Advanced System Optimizer’s System Files Backup and Restore to backup system files and Backup Manager to take backup of other important data. Let us know which method worked for you. Your feedback is valuable for us.

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(Solved) - Greyed out C in System restore

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Hi all / Mike.
Before I do Factory re install.
Anyone have any info on...
When I try to do system restore.
C is ticked but grey out, so when I click next it will not let me do a restore...

Any ideas on how to tick the C to do restore.
Have tried it in Safe mode still unticked.

Recap have done all usual full scans..
Vista 32.
Sorry will check in tomorrow morning....fed up with start restarts, etc. LOL!!!
Thanks as always.
(Remember granny needs full basic explanations Doh!)

Do you have restore points (shadows). Check with this command:

vssadmin list shadows

Not sure what you mean by Tick C The window that comes up on my vista when I type Restore in my start and click on System Restore is..

This after I click next from front page of Restore, which now for some reason I cannot copy or capture.
My front page is like yours but only shows half of that page..

Can't Turn On System Protection

also looked here:
Start >Control Panel > System >System Protection -
Says can restore now but this is 14.6.2012, which is when this started
all three are ticked but I have not done restore for this I want to go back to last weeks updates.

Will now look at whs suggestion
@whi gives a list of aoto recovers and ends with C/system.... flashing cursor.

Morning Kate,

What happens when you 'choose another restore point'? Do you get this or similar?



@Mike. Nope just same as my print out.
looked at more dates
and this came up on list.
11/06/2012 14.25 System:scheduled checkpoint.
what is this?? also even selecting that and next still get same result.

I believe it is grayed out because to do a system restore you have to restore your C Drive, if you notice behind to grey there is a tick, so i theory it will restore C

Thanks owen123. but when you click next.
warning triangle states 'you must always restore the disk that contains your windows system files'
As the system C is greyed out it would not restore

If you click on configure how much space is allotted for 'Disk space usage'. Try increasing that amount.

Turn On System Protection Disabled

C: is grayed out with the check according to your pic. That means it will do it and you can not not do it.

OK Owen and xhi ..I did a restore with that c grey out and seems to be ok.
but now I cannot open FF will start a new question Doh!!! Fighting hvaing to do a re install.

System Protection Vista

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