Enable ComputerRestore - PowerShell


Enable-ComputerRestore empowers you to activate the System Restore feature on a specified computer, enabling the restoration of the system to a previous state in case of unexpected events. System Restore creates restore points at specific intervals or before significant system changes, allowing you to revert to a stable configuration if necessary.


Enable-ComputerRestore [-ComputerName] <String[]> [-IncludeSystemDrive] -[-ExcludeDisks] <String[]>


  • -ComputerName: Specifies the target computer(s) to enable System Restore on. Can be a hostname, IP address, or localhost.
  • -IncludeSystemDrive: Includes the system drive in the System Restore configuration. By default, it is excluded.
  • -ExcludeDisks: Excludes specified disk(s) from the System Restore configuration. Disks must be specified by their drive letters (e.g., -ExcludeDisks C: D:).


Example 1: Enable System Restore on a Local Computer


Example 2: Enable System Restore for Multiple Computers

Enable-ComputerRestore -ComputerName Server1 Server2

Example 3: Exclude the System Drive from System Restore

Enable-ComputerRestore -IncludeSystemDrive

Example 4: Exclude Specific Disks from System Restore

Enable-ComputerRestore -ExcludeDisks E: F:

Common Issues

  • Permission Denied: Ensure you have sufficient administrative privileges on the target computer(s).
  • System Restore Service Not Running: Verify that the System Restore service is started on the target computer(s).


Script Example: Enable System Restore on Multiple Servers

$servers = Get-Content servers.txt

foreach ($server in $servers) {
    Enable-ComputerRestore -ComputerName $server
  • Disable-ComputerRestore: Disables System Restore on a specified computer.
  • Checkpoint-Computer: Creates a restore point on the local or remote computer.
  • Restore-Computer: Restores the system to a previous restore point.