Sunday, September 25, 2011

Windows 7: Disabling System Protection

Sometimes there's a need to turn off the System Restore feature (e.g. such as recovering free space on a drive).  By disabling the System Restore functionality, note it will be permanently deleting all existing restore points from the drive.

Below are the instructions on how to perform this action:

  • From the Start menu, select Control Panel
  • Select System and Security, and open the System control panel
  • In the left pane, click System Protection
    • If the UAC is enabled, the administrator credentials will be required.
  • Select the drive to disable the System Protection feature.
    • Generally feature is enabled on Windows system drive, which in most cases is the C: drive.
  • Press the Configure... button, when the System Protection dialog displays, select the Turn off system protection radio button, then press the OK button.
  • Press the OK button again to close the last dialog.

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