Turning on system protection for a drive allows System Restore to include the drive when restore points are created so you can undo undesired system changes by reverting to a previous point in time.
System Restore monitors system changes and saves the system state as a restore point. If a system problem develops as a result of a system change, the user can return the system to a previous state using the data from a restore point.
Restore points are created to let users select a previous system state. Each restore point contains the required information to restore the system to the selected state. Restore points are created before key changes are made to the system.
This tutorial will show you how to see a list of all available restore points in Windows 10 and Windows 11.
- Option One: See List of Available Restore Points in System Restore
- Option Two: See List of Available Restore Points using Command
1 Open System Restore (rstrui.exe).
2 Perform one of the following available actions: (see screenshots below)
- If you have never performed a System Restore yet, click/tap on Next.
- If you have previously performed a System Restore, select (dot) Choose a different restore point, and click/tap on Next.
3 Check Show more restore points (if available) to see all available restore points. (see screenshot below step 4)
4 Click/tap on Cancel when finished reviewing your restore points. (see screenshot below)
You can select a restore point and click/tap on the Scan for affected programs button to see which installed programs will be affected by the selected restore point.
1 Open Windows Terminal (Admin), and select either Windows PowerShell or Command Prompt.
2 Copy and paste the command below into Windows Terminal (Admin), and press Enter. (see screenshots below)
Get-ComputerRestorePoint | Format-Table -AutoSize
PowerShell Get-ComputerRestorePoint^|Format-Table -AutoSize