How to Enable or Disable System Restore in Windows

The system restore feature exists in Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8 operating systems. This feature ensures that program installations and updates can be rolled back in the case that something goes wrong. The system restore feature must be enabled to ensure proper prevention in a case of installation failures, but in some cases, like in a virus infection, this feature must be disabled to prevent possible re-infection and must be re-enabled after virus cleaning.

How to Disable or Enable  System Restore according your operating system:

Windows 8

Windows 7

Windows Vista

Windows XP

Windows 8 System Restore settings

How to: Disable or Enable “System Restore” in Windows 8.

1. Right-click at the screen’s bottom-left corner and from the pop-up menu, choose “System.

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2. Open “System protection” on the left pane.

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3. In “System Protection” tab, click “Configure”.

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4. To disable System Restore, check the “Disable system protection” and press “OK”.*

* In the warning message appears answer “Yes

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5. To enable System Restore, check the “Turn on system protection” and press “OK”.

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Windows 7 System Restore settings

How to: Disable or Enable “System Restore” in Windows 7.

1. Click on “Start” then “Right Click” on “Computer” Item and select “Properties”.

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2. Open “System protection” on the left pane.

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3. In “System Protection” tab, click “Configure”.

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4. To disable System Restore, check the “Turn off system protection” and press “OK”. *

* In the warning message appears answer “Yes

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5. To enable System Restore, check the “Restore system settings and previous versions of files” and press “OK”.

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Windows Vista System Restore settings

How to: Disable or Enable “System Restore” in Windows Vista.

1. Click on “Start” then “Right Click” on “Computer” Item and select “Properties”.

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2. Open “System protection” on the left pane.

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3. In “System Protection” tab, click to uncheck the checkbox on “Local Disk (C)” drive.

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3a. in the warning message that appears choose “Turn System Restore Off”.

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5. To enable System Restore, check the checkbox on “Local Disk (C)” drive and press “OK”.

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Windows XP System Restore settings

How to: Disable or Enable “System Restore” in Windows XP.

1. Click on “Start” then “Right Click” on “My Computer” Item and select “Properties”.

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2.  To Disable System Restore:

In “System Restore” tab, check the “Turn off System Restore” option an press “OK”.

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2. To Enable System Restore:

In “System Restore” tab, uncheck the “Turn off System Restore” option an press “OK”.

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