Can’t Create a System Restore Point in Windows 11? 3 Ways to Fix

Windows 11 creates system restore points to return to the way the system was at a previous moment in time. It does this automatically, but there are ways to manually create these restore points. 

However, there may be times when you’re not able to do so, in which case you’ll need to look at a few ways to fix this issue. Here is everything you need to know to fix system restore point creation issues.

Related: 5 Ways to Create a Restore Point in Windows 11 Manually or Automatically

Unable to create a system restore point in Windows 11? Here’s how to fix it in 3 ways

There can be times when, for one reason or another, you may not be able to create a system restore point. But there are a few easy fixes that you can implement to get around the issue.

FIX 1: Change system restore frequency using Registry Editor

Windows only lets you create one system restore point if one has already been created in the last 24 hours. This can be problematic, especially if you’re looking to edit the registry or other system settings but want to ensure that there’s a restore point in case things go south. To allow the creation of system restore points at any time, you will have to change the frequency of system restore points. 

  1. Press Win + R to open the RUN box, type regedit, and hit Enter.
  2. Now, navigate to the following address (or copy and paste it into the registry address bar): Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\SystemRestore
  3. Right-click in the empty space to the right and select New, then DWORD (32-bit) Value.
  4. Name it SystemRestorePointCreationFrequency.
  5. By default, its value is set to 0. Let it be that way and close the registry editor. You should now be able to create a system restore point manually without having to worry about any frequency limitations. 

FIX 2: Enable system restore via Group Policy Editor

  1. Press Win + R to open the RUN box, type gpedit.msc and hit Enter.
  2. This will open up the Group Policy Editor. In the left panel, navigate to Administrative Templated > System > System Restore.
  3. On the right, check the state of the two Settings. They should both be set to Not configured.
  4. If either of them is enabled, double-click on it and set it to Not configured.

You should be able to create a system restore point as shown before. 

FIX 3: Turn on Volume Shadow Copy service

When you’re not able to create a system restore point, another fix that you may want to implement is to turn or (or reset) the Volume Shadow Copy service. Here’s how to do so:

  1. Press Win + R to open the RUN box, type services.msc and hit Enter.
  2. Scroll down and look for Volume Shadow Copy. Double-click on it.
  3. Click on Start if the service isn’t already running.
  4. If it running, restart it by clicking on Stop
  5. And then click on Start again.

We hope you were able to apply the aforementioned fixes and can now create system restore points again. Until next time! Stay safe.

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