Turning off the System Restore feature in Windows 7 is achieved through the System Protection menu located within your computer’s Properties section. System Restore tracks changes to your computer’s files and deploys a system protection to create restore checkpoints. Because this feature is activated by default on any Windows 7 computer, the only way to deactivate System Restore is to disable the program through your computer’s System Protection settings.
- Understand what disabling System Restore accomplishes
Before you access your computer’s System Protection menu, understand the consequences of disabling the System Restore feature. Turning the program off deletes all restore points for your system. You cannot visit or create restore points without having the System Restore feature turned on. Disabling the program also eliminates previous versions of files or copies of files saved through restore points.
- Access the System Protection menu to proceed with deactivation
If you choose to proceed with disabling System Restore, click the Start button on your desktop and right-click on Computer. Select Properties, and select System Protection in the left pane. If prompted, enter your administrator password.
- Deactivate System Restore
Within the System Properties menu, select the System Protection tab. Under Protection Settings, select your hard disk and click Configure. On the subsequent pop-up, select Turn Off System Protection. Click Apply and OK to complete the deactivation process. Turning off System Restore is not a permanent maneuver and can be undone at any time.