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Disabling/Enabling System Restore

Disabling System Restore on Windows XP/Server 2003

(Note: You must be logged on as an Administrator to do the the steps below. If you are not logged on as an Administrator, the System Restore tab is not going to be displayed. Turning off System Restore clears out all previous restore points. These instructions also assume that you are using the default Windows Start menu and not the Classic Start menu. To enable the default menu, right-clickStart>Properties>Start Menu, set to Start menu then click OK.)

For Windows Server 2003 without installed System Restore, there is no need to do this. The main purpose of disabling system restore is to be able to scan system volume information folder.

  1. Click Start.
  2. Right-click My Computer icon then click Properties.
  3. Click the System Restore tab.
  4. Check "Turn off System Restore" or "Turn off System Restore on all drives".
  5. Click Apply and then OK.


Enabling System Restore on Windows XP/Server 2003

  1. Click Start.
  2. Right-click My Computer then click Properties.
  3. Click the System Restore tab.
  4. Uncheck "Turn off System Restore" or "Turn off System Restore on all drives."
  5. Click Apply and then OK.


Disabling System Restore on Windows Vista

  1. Click Start.
  2. Right-click the Computer menu then click Properties.
  3. Click the System Protection tab.
  4. Untick the check box pertaining to the drive you want to disable the system protection of in the Available Disks list box.



  5. Click the Turn System Restore Off.



  6. Click Apply then OK.



Enabling System Protection on Windows Vista

  1. Click Start.
  2. Right-click the Computer menu then click Properties.
  3. Click the System Protection tab.
  4. Tick the check box pertaining to the drive you want to enable the system protection of in the Available Disks list box.



  5. Click Apply then OK.


Disabling System Protection on Windows 7

 

  1. Click Start.
  2. Right-click My Computer then click Properties.
  3. Click the System Protection tab.
  4. In the list under Available Drives, choose a drive.



  5. Click Configure....
  6. Choose "Turn off System Restore".
  7. Click Apply then Yes, and then OK.



  8. Click OK to exit the window.
  9. Enabling System Protection on Windows 7.
  10. Click Start.
  11. Right-click My Computer then click Properties.
  12. Click the System Protection tab.
  13. In the list under Available Drives, choose a drive.



  14. Click Configure....
  15. Choose "Restore system settings and previous versions of files" then click OK.



  16. Click OK to exit the window.






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