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Windows 7: Turn off system restore

08 Sep 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 
Turn off system restore

How do i turn off system restore in Windows 7?

Is it advisable to turn off system restore like Windows XP



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08 Sep 2010   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by saf79 View Post
How do i turn off system restore in Windows 7?

Is it advisable to turn off system restore like Windows XP
Personally, I like to keep it on myself, makes fixing things alot easier.

System Restore - Enable or Disable
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08 Sep 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by saf79 View Post
How do i turn off system restore in Windows 7?

Is it advisable to turn off system restore like Windows XP
Why would you want to? Have you honestly never had a situation where you start up your computer one day and all of a sudden something strange has happened...like your cdrom drive doesn't work, or your second monitor isn't working, or the control panel doesn't open properly when you click on the icon. More often than not, going back a day or two with system restore fixes the problem and you are on your way.

I would not shut it off. If you are concerned about the amount of disk space used, lower the percentage of your drive that it is allowed to consume.
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08 Sep 2010   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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Why would you want to?
E.g. on a small SSD. But then you should do frequent imaging instead.
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08 Sep 2010   #5
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Saf,

In addition: System Protection - Turn On or Off

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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08 Sep 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
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Why would you want to?
E.g. on a small SSD. But then you should do frequent imaging instead.
Set it to 1% on a small SSD. Manually delete some older restore points to keep it well under 1% actual usage.

System Protection - Change Disk Space Usage

Disk Cleanup - Open and Use
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08 Sep 2010   #7
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Absolutely do not turn off System Restore.

I find it to be one of the most valuable features of Windows 7, providing the ability to go back in time before a problem started.

If anything, with sufficient drive space increase the percentage of HD space allowed to get more restore points.
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08 Sep 2010   #8

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

saf79- If you are concerned about saving drive space by disabling System Restore I would advise against it in Win 7 as the other Members have. I have System Restore turned off on my Vista computer because it consumes massive amounts of drive space which take up 30 GB very quickly, but so far Win 7 only creates a few 100 MB in shadow copies each day on my Win 7 desktop which is so much easier to live with than in Vista that I always keep System Restore on in Win 7.

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08 Sep 2010   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I too would suggest leaving it ON.
Turning it Off, if theres nothing else to fall back on is not a good idea at all.



I disable mine, but I have Acronis making Daily Images.
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08 Sep 2010   #10

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wishmaster View Post
I have Acronis making Daily Images.
Having a 3rd party Image Backup program is an excellent idea and thanks to Wishmaster's help I am able to re-image my Win 7 x64 computer with the Macrium Reflect Backup Images I have made.

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