by Barry Dysert
(last updated September 22, 2014)
The system restore capability of Windows is a good self-defense mechanism if things go wrong when you're trying to make changes to your system. (Restore points are covered under other tips.) They do consume some disk space, though, so you may decide to disable this capability. (Note, I don't recommend disabling the system restore capability, but if you really want to, read on.)
To disable the system restore capability, follow these steps if you are using Windows 8:
Figure 1. The System Protection tab of the System Properties dialog box.
Figure 2. Disabling system restore.
If you are using Windows 7 the steps are necessarily different:
This tip (13255) applies to Windows 7 and 8.
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