The System Restore feature in Windows 7 is essentially a backup created at specific points in time of all your computer's settings. It is not--as some might think--a complete backup of all the data on your computer, but rather of important settings such as drivers and hardware configurations. Occasionally, you may find a need to disable System Restore--either for bug-fixing purposes or perhaps because the restore points are taking up too much space on your hard drive. Fortunately, Microsoft has made it relatively simple to accomplish this task.
This article will help you to disable the Windows 7 system restore feature.
- Open the "Start" menu and select "Control Panel."
- Click "System and Maintenance" followed by "System." This brings up a new dialog box on your screen.
- Click the "System Protection" link in the left portion of the window. You may be prompted to enter your administrator password--if you have one on your computer--at this point. Do so, then press "Enter."
- Click the "Turn off System Restore" checkbox next to your hard drive in the next window. This disables System Restore for that hard drive. If you have multiple drives, repeat this step for each drive.