System Restore is a handy feature present in Windows that allows you restore your computer’s system files to an earlier point in time. It’s a way to undo system changes to your computer without affecting your personal files, such as email, documents, or photos.
By default, System Restore feature is turned on in Windows 7. Many users turn off this handy feature to save some disk space. If you turned off System Restore feature because of low disk space, we suggest you turn on the feature at least for your Windows drive so that you can easily repair your Windows issues with the help of system restore points. Windows 7 even lets you restore your PC using System Restore Points even if the Windows fails to boot. All you need is your Windows 7 DVD or Windows 7 repair disc.
We recommend creating a manual System Restore Point before installing third-party programs, before playing with system files, and before editing Windows registry.
In case, if you have turned off this feature and getting “System Protection is turned off” message while trying to create a restore point you need to enable it first.
Here is how to enable System Restore feature in Windows 7:
Step 1: Type sysdm.cpl in Start menu search box and then hit enter to open System Properties dialog box.
Step 2: Switch to System Protection tab.
Step 3: Now, under Protection Settings, select the drive for which you want to enable System Restore feature and then click Configure button.
Step 4: Here select Restore system settings and previous versions of files option.
Step 5: Click Apply button to enable System Restore for the selected drive.
Repeat the same procedure to enable System Restore feature on other drives as well. Once you enable System Restore feature, you can follow our how to manually create a system restore point or quickly create restore point guide to create a restore point in Windows 7.