Restore Point Creation Disabled by Group Policy

When you open System Properties and select the System Protection tab, the Create button may be grayed out, and the following message is displayed:

Restore point creation disabled by Group Policy

As a result, you’re unable to create System Restore Points or configure System Restore.


This happens if the Turn off Configuration Policy is enabled in your system, either using Group Policy or through registry edit. For standalone Windows Vista systems, use these steps:

Using the Group Policy Editor

If your edition of Windows Vista includes the Group Policy Editor snap-in (gpedit.msc), follow these steps:

1. Click Start, type gpedit.msc and press ENTER

2. Go to the following branch:

Computer Configuration | Administrative Templates | System | System Restore

3. Double-click Turn off Configuration and set it to Not configured.

Note: If the above setting is already set to Not configured, set it to Enabled and click Apply. Then revert back the setting to Not configured, and click Apply, OK.

4. Exit the Group Policy Editor.

Using the Registry Editor

1. Click Start, type regedit.exe and press ENTER

2. Navigate to the following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ Software \ Policies \ Microsoft \ Windows NT \ SystemRestore

3. In the right-pane, delete the value named DisableConfig

4. Exit the Registry Editor.

Registry Fix

To automate the above setting, download srpol-clear.reg and save to Desktop. Right-click on the file and choose Merge.

More Information

If you set the Turn of configuration option to Enabled, the option to configure System Restore on the Configuration Interface disappears. If the Turn off Configuration setting is disabled, the configuration interface is still visible, but all System Restore configuration defaults are enforced, and the Create button is grayed out. If you set it to Not configured, the configuration interface for System Restore remains, and the user has the ability to configure System Restore.


System Restore Group Policy restrictions

19 thoughts on “Restore Point Creation Disabled by Group Policy

  1. “3. In the right-pane, delete the value named DisableConfig ”

    I found that phrasing confusing. It turns out that the whole line is deleted. I took the value of ” 1 ” that showed up and deleted it. That defaulted to ” o “, but did not solve the problem.

    However, I got more than enough advice to get the REG file to run and allow me to create my own restore points again.

    Thank you!

  2. The srpol-clear.reg did the trick for me. Although my Vista registry does not show any changes it now works. Bizarre…
    Could not find any restrictive entry in the registry and gpedit.scm did not do it for me. Only running srpol-clear.reg did it.!
    Anyway a big word of thanks

  3. Aggghh cant seem to download srpol-clear.reg to my desktop!! just keeps coming up a code on a page with no dowload option available :( Please help

  4. THANK YOU SO MUCH!! This post helps a lot of people with this kind of problem! Now I can finally use System Restore! Again, Thank you so much!

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