A few days ago, I tried to restore Windows 10 to a previous state using the system restore option in Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE). But unfortunately, system restore shows the error “You cannot restore C: Drive” because “You must enable system protection on this drive”.
In this guide, you’ll find two ways to bypass the warning “You must enable system protection on this disk” when running System Restore in the Windows recovery environment.
FIX: System Restore error “You need to enable system protection on disk” (Windows 10/8/7 OS).
Method 1. Enable system protection on the disk.
To enable system protection on the disk, follow these steps:
1. Close the System Restore window and open Command Prompt from Troubleshoot > Advanced options.
2. Type the following command in the command line and click Enter.
- rstrui.exe / offline: C: \ windows = active
3. Normally, System Restore should allow you to restore your system.
Method 2. Restore the Windows registry from backup.
In some cases, the discussed SFC error occurs when the Windows registry is corrupted. So, the next way to solve the problem is to restore the registry from backup. For this:
1. Type the following command in the command line and click Enter.
2. Pay attention to the drive letter of the OS partition (eg “osdevice -> partition =C: “).
3. Write now driver letter + of the OS partition : and press Enter (eg D: ).
4. Then issue the following commands in order ( Enter after each command):
- cd \ windows \ system32 \ config
- md backupreg
- copy *.* backupreg
- CD ragback
- copy *.* ..
*Note: press a when prompted to overwrite all files on the target.
7. Type Exit and press Enter to close the command prompt.
8. Now try running the sfc / scannow command again.
That’s it! Which method worked for you?
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