How To Turn Off Windows System Restore Functions in Windows XP, 7, and 10

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Background Information:

System Restore is a function introduced with the release of Windows Millennium edition to help put a system back in working order when problems arise with the operating system. Although System Restore works well for minor glitches in the operating system, it's not suitable for resolving complex problems associated with Windows. You will need something stronger to deal with virus and spyware infections or hard drive failures.

The main drawback behind System Restore is that it eats up a fair amount of memory and hard drive space even though it is not noticeably running in the background. These hiccups causes a system to work overtime to complete tasks, thus slowing down other processes. To reclaim the wasted processing juice, you may want to consider disabling system restore.

In this blog I walk you through the process of disabling System Restore services in order to enhance system performance.

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Key Terms and Definitions Associated With This Article:

The following key terms and definitions are applicable to this video article.

System Restore A function introduced with Windows Millennium to give users the ability, in the event of a crisis, to roll back their system to a time before the problem occurred
Application
A piece of software used to accomplish tasks on a PC.
Windows ME
Abbreviation for Windows Millennium edition the release of Windows in which System Restore was created by Microsoft.  It is also Microsoft's sixth addition to a 32 bit Windows operating system.
Operating System A suite of application programs designed to govern the way your computer functions
Process A system utility running in the background that provides a specific operating system function.

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How To Disable Windows System Restore in Windows XP Professional

Windows System Restore as Launched in Windows XP Based Computer.
Windows System Restore as Launched in Windows XP Based Computer.

  1. Right-click the My Computer icon on your desktop.

    Accessing My Computer Properties Window To Disable System Restore Functions
    Accessing My Computer Properties Window To Disable System Restore Functions 

     

  2. From the drop down menu, left click Properties. A new window will appear with options that you can use to configure your computer.
  3. Left click the System Restore tab.

    Initializing the System Restore Disable Process - Step #1
    Initializing the System Restore Disable Process - Step #1
  4. Place a checkmark in the"Turn off System Restore on all drives" option box.

    Initializing the System Restore Disable Process - Step #2
    Initializing the System Restore Disable Process - Step #2
  5. Left click the OK button to confirm all changes and close the window.
  6. Left click the Cancel button to abort all changes and close the window.

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How To Disable System Restore Functions In Windows 7

Accessing System Restore Functions In Windows 7
Accessing System Restore Functions In Windows 7

 

1. Left click the Start Orb on the lower left hand of the screen.

2. Point your mouse cursor over the Computer shortcut link and right click once.

3. From the drop-down menu that appears left click Properties menu item and the Properties window for the computer will appear.

4. On the System and Security Window left click the Advanced system settings link.

Accessing System Restore Functions In Windows 7
Accessing System Restore Functions In Windows 7

 

5. Left click the System Protection tab.

Accessing System Protection Settings in Windows 7
Accessing System Protection Settings in Windows 7

 

6. From the System Protection window, left click the Configure button under Protection Settings on this window.

Configuring System Protection Settings in Windows 7
Configuring System Protection Settings in Windows 7

 

7.Under the Restore Settings label, left click the option "Turn off system protection" option.

Configuring System Protection Settings in Windows 7
Configuring System Protection Settings in Windows 7

8. Left click OK button to confirm the operation.

9. Left click the Cancel button to abort the entire operation and close the window.

How To Disable System Restore Functions In Windows 10

1. Left click the Start button.

Accessing The This PC App in Windows 10 To Disable Windows System Protection
Accessing The This PC App in Windows 10 To Disable Windows System Protection

2. Search for the "This PC" App on the Windows Start menu.

3. Right click This PC App Shortcut on the Start Menu.

Accessing Properties Window For the PC
Accessing Properties Window For the PC

4. From the drop-down menu select the Properties menu item. This will load the This PC App main program window.

Accessing System Protection Options in Windows 10 To Disable Windows System Restore
Accessing System Protection Options in Windows 10 To Disable Windows System Restore

5. On the System Window, left click the System Protection shortcut.

Access the System Protection Configuration Window
Access the System Protection Configuration Window

Left click the System Protection tab on this window.

6. Left click the Configure button on the System Protection tab.

Disabling System Protection in Windows 10
Disabling System Protection in Windows 10

7. Under Restore Settings if there is a selected mark in the Disable System Protection, that means that the System Restore service is already disabled and further action is not required.

8. Left click the OK button to confirm the change and close the Window.

9. Left click the Cancel button to abort the change and close the window.

10. Left click the Apply button to process changes on this window and keep the window open.

Congratulations! You now know how to disable System Protection / System Restore in Windows 10.

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