Disable System Restore in Windows 7 or Vista

The Windows 7 / Vista System Restore feature will make sure that software installations, drivers, and other updates can be rolled back. The only price to this feature is some disk usage. If you want to disable System restore, which is a bad idea, it’s really pretty simple.

Just to make sure you understand… There are bugs. Things will crash. Disabling System Restore will keep you from rolling back changes.

So, you’ve read this far. Now let’s disable it. Right-click on the Computer icon, and choose Properties:

Click on the System Protection link on the left-hand side:

Once you’ve done so, the steps are different depending on your OS.

Disable on Windows 7

Click the Configure button below the list of drives:

Now simply click the radio button to disable System Protection. (Note again that this is probably a bad idea).

That should be all you need to do.

Disable on Windows Vista

Once you’ve clicked the System Protection link in Control Panel, you’ll see the checkboxes next to your different disks:

Once you uncheck the drive, click the “Turn System Restore Off” button.

Now you’ve got system restore disabled. Living on the edge, eh?

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