How to turn System Restore on or off

System Restore is a handy feature offered in Windows XP by default. Find out how you can turn it on or off at your will.

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The System Restore feature allows a computer system to be "rolled back" or restored to a point in time before certain events occurred. System Restore is enabled in Windows XP by default. Here's how you can turn this feature on or off.

To turn off System Restore, follow these steps:
 

  1. Click Start, right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.
  2. Click the System Restore tab.
  3. Click to select the turn off System Restore check box (or the turn off System Restore on all drives check box), and then click OK.
  4. Click yes when you receive the prompt to the turn off System Restore.

To turn on System Restore, follow these steps:
 

  1. Click Start, right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.
  2. Click the System Restore tab.
  3. Click to clear the turn off System Restore check box (or the turn off System Restore on all drives check box), and then click OK.

NOTE: Here are the registry keys that must be modified in order to turn on/off and restrict access to System Restore settings through the registry:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\SystemRestore
"DisableSR"=dword:00000001
"DisableConfig"=dword:00000001
9329DisAbleSR.zip

 


Rod Trent, manager of myITforum.com and a Microsoft MVP, is an expert on Microsoft Systems Management Server. He has more than 18 years of IT experience -- eight of which have been dedicated to SMS. He is the author of Microsoft SMS Installer, Admin911: SMS, and IIS 5.0: A Beginner's Guide and has written thousands of articles on technology topics.
 

This was first published in April 2005

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