by Barry Dysert
(last updated February 5, 2018)
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 that I don't recommend disabling the system restore capability, but if you really want to for some reason, read on.
To disable the system restore capability if you are using Windows 10, follow these steps:
Figure 1. The System Protection tab of the System Properties dialog box.
Figure 2. The System Protection dialog box.
Here are the steps to follow if you are using Windows 8:
If you are using Windows 7 the steps are necessarily different:
This tip (13255) applies to Windows 7, 8, and 10.
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