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Windows 7: Why Can't I Enable System Restore?

11 Sep 2010   #1

Windows 8 Pro x64; Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 on VirtualBox
Why Can't I Enable System Restore?

I have run into a problem that I cannot seem to solve myself. A while back I disabled System Restore (System Protection), and I cannot figure out how to turn it back on so I can create restore points. I go into System Properties and click System Protection, but I cannot click the Configure button to enable it. On the side it says "Configuration has been disabled by the administrator". I am confused as to why it says this and how to get rid of it.

Thanks for the help!


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11 Sep 2010   #2

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Windows 10, Home Clean Install

First follow this tutorial to be sure you are using the correct procedure

System Protection - Turn On or Off


System Restore - Enable or Disable
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11 Sep 2010   #3

Windows 8 Pro x64; Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 on VirtualBox

Thanks, I downloaded the .reg file and applied it, nothing happened. I restarted, still nothing. I still cannot click the configure button to turn on system restore. I cannot access the Local Group Policy because I have Win7 Home Premium and it is not included.
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14 Apr 2013   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x86

are you logging on as user or administrator? if administrator right is required to enable system restore, then try logging as admin first then try it again.
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14 Apr 2013   #5

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello McDougal,

In addition, double check to make sure that you are tried both steps 1 and 7 in the tutorial below to see if that may help. You may also see if restarting the computer afterwards may help.

System Restore - Enable or Disable

Hope his helps, :)
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