How to Disable System Restore in Windows - dummies

By Dan Gookin

Some people believe that System Restore is a security risk to Windows so you may want to disable it. For example, you can effectively restore a virus with System Restore, or System Restore can be taken over by hostile software. In Windows Vista, System Restore also maintains information about non-system files that may contain data you don’t want others to access. Regardless of the reason, you can disable System Restore.

If you’re going to disable System Restore, please back up your data.

Disable System Restore in Windows 7 by following these steps:

  1. Conjure up a System window by pressing Win+Break or Win+Pause.

  2. From the list of tasks in the upper-left part of the window, choose System Protection.

  3. In the System Properties dialog box, click the Configure button.

  4. Choose the option Turn Off System Protection.

  5. Click OK.

    A warning appears.

  6. Click the Yes button.

  7. Click OK to close the System Properties window, and then close the System window.

To turn off System Restore in Windows Vista, heed these steps:

  1. Press Win+Break to quickly summon the System window.

  2. Choose the link System Protection on the left side of the window.

  3. Type the administrator’s password or click Continue.

  4. Remove the check mark by all disk drives in the Automatic Restore Points portion of the dialog box.

  5. After being shocked by the warning dialog box, click the button Turn System Restore Off.

  6. Click OK and then close the System window.

    To stop System Restore in Windows XP, follow these steps:

  7. Press Win+Break to bring forth the System dialog box.

  8. Click the System Restore tab.

  9. Click the check box by the option Turn Off System Restore.

  10. Click OK.

  11. Click the Yes button to confirm that you want System Restore turned off.

    To reactivate System Restore, repeat these steps for your version of Windows, but choose the option that turns on System Restore.