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How To: Set Up Automatic Restore Points on Windows 10

By enabling automatic restore points on Windows 10, you can have a contingency for recovering from system errors after updating drivers or installing system patches. Here are two methods for creating automatic restore points.

System restore is a feature available in Windows 10 which you can use to save the state of your system. You can revert to a previously saved state after any software update or any change you made and you are not happy with. These restore points allow you to return to a known good configuration when you experience such an error.

In this article, I’ll be focusing on two methods of creating automatic restore points on Windows 10 every day.

Before You Begin: Enabling System Restore on Windows 10

Your first step in creating an automatic system restore point is to enable it on Windows 10.

In the search bar, type system restore. When Create a restore point is found, click on it.

In system protection tab, click Configure and then choose Turn on system protection. Click Apply and then OK.

Now, you have enabled the system protection. Choose your method for setting up automatic restore points below.


Method One: Enabling Automatic System Restore Points Using Group Policy

This method only works if you are using Windows 10 Pro.

Press Windows Key + R from the keyboard to open the run command. Type gpedit.msc and click OK to open local group policies editor.

Go to the following path:

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Defender Antivirus > Scan

On the right side, double-click Create a system restore point.

Choose Enabled, click Apply and then OK.

Method Two: Enabling Automatic System Restore Points Using Registry

Press Windows Key + R from the keyboard to open run command. Type regedit to open the registry.

Go to following path:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows Defender

Right-click on the Windows Defender key. Hover over New and then click OK.

Name the key as 'Scan’ and press Enter from the keyboard.

Click on ‘Scan’ to select it. Right-click on the right side, Hover over ‘New’, click DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Name the new key as ‘DisableRestorePoint’ and press Enter from the keyboard.

Double-click the newly created key ‘DisableRestorePoint’ and make sure its value is 0. Click OK when you are done.

By following either of the above methods, restore points on Windows 10 will be created every day. You can use these if you ever need to roll back your system.

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