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Disable System Restore in Windows 7

If you need a way to save some hard drive space one trick is to decrease the size or completely disable the System Restore feature.  We like to share all options on how to take control of your operating system, so for readers living on the edge this tip is for you. 

Note:  Keep in mind Windows 7 is just being released and there could be bugs, crashes, etc…and you won’t be able to restore your system if disaster strikes!

Disable System Restore

Now with all that being said…Open Control Panel, switch to all items view and click on System.  In the next window click on the System Protection link.

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The System Properties dialog box opens where you will want to select your system disc and click the Configure button.


Under Restore Settings select “Turn off system protection” and click Apply.


You will get a confirmation warning screen to verify you want to turn it off…so it is not too late to change your mind.  Click Yes to save all the space possible if you still like living on the edge.


Adjust System Restore Space

With the large capacity hard drives in today’s computers there is really no reason to completely disable System Restore, however you might consider limiting the amount of space it takes on the disk if you need it.  When you limit the amount of space it uses then older Restore Points will be deleted.  There will be fewer points to restore from as well. 


After decreasing the amount of space it uses you might want to Create A Restore Point right away.

Brian Burgess worked in IT for 10 years before pursuing his passion for writing. He's been a tech blogger and journalist for the past seven years, and can be found on his about me page or Google+

  • Published 08/18/09

Comments (6)

  1. Larry Miller

    I like the details and your duel screen shot, under disable system Restore. I always disable system restore on my computers because of viruses getting into the protected system files, then having to shut it off to remove the viruses anyway.

  2. david

    Actually you may need to disable system restore to completely remove malware from an infected system.

  3. Ten98

    Great article. System restore never works as intended for me so I decided to get rid.

    System runs a lot quicker now and I got some space back on my SSD. :)

  4. Steve

    Thank you for the tip, (reluctantly) working with Win 7 on a test machine for the first time, I was familliar with the proocess of shutting off system restore in Win XP but MS has renamed many of the admin tools in Win 7. I also shut off UAC as I have a good handle on the installation/uninstallation of apps & don’t need to have my “hand held” and certainly don’t need to be second guessed! Just my .02, YMMV!

  5. Deepan

    your way of repling is very smart

  6. Ty

    Hey I tried restoring my system on win7 but for about a week or two it has not stopped. I’ve tried to find a way to abort it but there has been no luck. If anyone has any clue to what going on I ask for your time and knowledge. Just looking for a an alternative before I start hp. The system is still active I unplugged once to see if it would abort after batter died and it just set rite back up.

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