Disable System Restore in Windows 7

Posted On 2009-09-06 by FortyPoundHead
Keywords: Recover hard drive space in a pinch
Tags: Software Hack/Tweak Tip Tutorial Windows 7
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You've removed temp files, cleaned off the IE Cache, removed old downloads, and you still don't have enough drive space to install that great game. Here is a way to free up some drive space that you may not have thought of.

Please note that by following this procedure, you will be turning off a recovery feature of your operating system. Should the system experience an error, bug, or malware infection, there will not be a way to roll back to a system restore point. Proceed at your own risk!

So, with the warning out of the way, here is how you turn off the System Restore feature of Windows 7.

  • Control Panel, switch to all items view and click on System. In the next window click on the System Protection link.

  • 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. Click Yes to save all the space possible if you still like living on the edge.

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

If I was you, I'd only turn it off temporarily. After you get done what you need to get done, turn it back on. That way you're covered if you need to go back to a restore point.

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