Disabling System Restore

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:

  1. Display the Charms bar at the right side of your screen. (Do this by swiping right-to-left or moving the mouse to the very upper-right or lower-right of the screen. You can also accomplish this step by pressing Win+C.)
  2. Click Settings. Windows displays the Settings bar at the right side of the screen.
  3. Click PC Info. Windows displays the System dialog box.
  4. At the left side of the screen click the System Protection link. Windows displays the System Protection tab of the System Properties dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  5. Figure 1. The System Protection tab of the System Properties dialog box.

  6. Click the Configure button. Windows displays the System Protection dialog box. (See Figure 2.)
  7. Figure 2. Disabling system restore.

  8. Click the Disable System Protection radio button.
  9. Click OK as many times as necessary to close all the open dialog boxes.

If you are using Windows 7 the steps are necessarily different:

  1. Click on the Start button, then right-click Computer. Windows displays a Context menu.
  2. Choose the Properties option from the Context menu. Windows displays a window containing information about your system.
  3. At the left side of the screen click the System Protection link. Windows displays the System Protection tab of the System Properties dialog box.
  4. Click the Configure button. Windows displays the System Protection dialog box.
  5. Click the Disable System Protection radio button.
  6. Click OK as many times as necessary to close all the open dialog boxes.

 This tip (13255) applies to Windows 7 and 8.

Author Bio

Barry Dysert

Barry has been a computer professional for over 30 years, working in different positions such as technical team leader, project manager, and software developer.  He is currently a senior software engineer with an emphasis on developing custom applications under Microsoft Windows. ...

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