Windows 10 System Restore Points Gone and Missing

Jean updated on May 26, 2023 | Home >Computer Instruction

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Fix 1: Check and Remove Suspicious Viruses, Programs

Not surprisingly, computer viruses love to erase your restore points. It's like one of their favourite things to do, but that makes you never be able to restore your computer to a previous state.

Use your antivirus software to scan and remove suspicious viruses and malicious software from your computer.

Create a system restore point all over again after cutting out the risk.

What's more, do you use McAfee Quick Clean for everyday disk cleanup and optimization? Be alter. It has an option called "System Restore Point Cleaner" if this option is enabled, it clears the Windows to restore points without your notice.

Fix 2: Disable System Restore and Then Enable It

Why is the restore point missing even the System Restore is doing its job? You might be interested in this little trick.

As you know, the System Restore creates backups on a regular basis and keeps the increasingly growing number of backup files in a folder called System Volume Information. If this folder gets corrupted, no restore points will be correctly saved anymore. To solve this problem and make the backup routine continue, you have to delete this folder as a whole by disabling the System Restore and then enabling it again.

In Windows 10/8.1/8/7:

  • Right-click on This PC/Computer and choose Properties and then click System Protection.
  • Click on the Configure button under the System Protection tab.

click configure to turn off the system protection

  • In the Restore Settings, you will see an option asking you Turn off system protection. 
  • Apply the changes you made.

Restart your computer, and follow the same path to turn the System Protection back on.
Now, try to create a restore point and see if it disappears the next time you restart the computer.

Fix 3: Adjust Disk Space Usage

In the same place in the System Protection settings, there is an area for you to allocate disk space to backup files. 
System Restore needs a certain amount of disk space. If the size of old restore points exceeded the value you set, they will be automatically deleted to make room for new ones. This 'disk usage' section is perhaps the source of the problem that restores points have gone nowhere.

To ideal disk usage for keeping the restore points is about five percent of the pointed backup drive's capacity. 

  • Follow the procedure in Fix #2 to open System Protection. 
  • Click Configure.
  • Under the Disk Space Usage, drag the movable bar in Max Usage and consider increasing to 5 percent. For my case, it's about 5GB Windows is going to use for system protection.

adjust disk space usage for system protection

Fix 4: Repair Corrupted System Files

Another corruption issue that would delete your restore points is with the system disk where backups were created. 

You can try to use Chkdsk /f to fix the corruption problem in the hard disk in Windows 10.
Later, use sfc /scannow to scan all Windows files and replace corrupt or missing system files.

run sfc /scannow to fix the system corruption

Fix 5: Restore System Points in Safe Mode

Safe Mode provides a high possibility for you to create a system restore point even all the fixes failed to save you out of the trouble. And the restore points list not showing in your operating system may appear in Safe Mode. We suggest you have a try.

  • Press F8 all the time during the computer restart until it boots into Advanced Boot Options.
  • At Advanced Boot Options, select Safe Mode with Command Prompt. Press Enter.
  • Type: rstrui.exe and press Enter.
  • Follow System Restore instructions to restore your computer by choosing an available restore point from the list.

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Since graduating from university, Jean has been writing tech articles and has been a valuable member of the EaseUS team for over 5 years. Her areas of expertise include data recovery, disk partitioning, data backup, and multimedia world.

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