This will help you troubleshoot when System Restore is not working or will not run when attempting to create a restore point, or using a restore point to restore previous settings.
This issue may be caused by the program being disabled, or other programs may be preventing System Restore from running.
- Click Start . Right-click on My Computer and click Properties .
- In the System Properties box, click the System Restore tab.
- Verify Turn off System Restore is not selected.
- Under Disk space usage, move the slide bar to the right to increase the amount of disk space reserved for System Restore . Click Apply and then click OK . If prompted to restart the computer, click Yes . If not prompted, close all open windows and restart normally. After the computer restarts, run System Restore . If it is still not working, continue these steps.
- Click Start , and then click Control Panel.
- In the Control Panel , double-click Administrative Tools. Note: It may be necessary to click on the Performance and Maintenance icon first, then the Administrative Tools icon. In the Administrative Tools box , double-click Computer Management .
- When the Computer Management box opens, click the plus (+) next to Services and Applications in the left pane, and then click Services. In the right pane , scroll to System Restore Services, and double-click. The System Restore Service Properties box opens. Verify Startup type is set to Automatic. If it is not set to Automatic , click the down arrow at the right side of the Startup type field, and select Automatic.
- Verify the Service Status is set to Started . If listed as Stopped , click the Start button.
- Click Apply and then click OK , and close all other open windows.
- If prompted to restart the computer, click Yes