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Windows 7: System Protection Restore Points - Delete

08 Feb 2012   #30
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

If I want to delete my shadows, I use
Vssadmin Resize ShadowStorage /For=C: /On=C: /MaxSize=300MB.
Then I start anew.

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08 Feb 2012   #31
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello P1inkfloyd, and welcome to Seven Forums.

In addition, if you are logged in as an administrator, then you might see of OPTION ONE will be able to enable System Restore for you to then be able to delete restore points and change the disk usage of it.

System Restore - Enable or Disable

Hope this helps,
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09 Feb 2012   #32

Windows 64bit
Unable to Delete/Create Restore Points because of a Group Policy

Hi Brink, Thanks for answering my question.

My problem, again was that I could not delete my Restore Points or Configure Restore Points because of a Group Policy being in place and quoted within System Properties.

The following removed the Group Policy and enabled me to a) delete restore points as well as re-enabling me to create Restore Points.

1. Click Start, Run and type regedit.exe and press Enter
2. Navigate to the following key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ Software \ Policies \ Microsoft \ Windows NT \ SystemRestore
In the right-pane:
Delete the value DisableConfig
Delete the value DisableSR
3. Exit the Registry Editor.

In Windowsl, you can accomplish the above using Group Policy Editor as well.

1. Click Start, Run and type GPEDIT.MSC
2. Navigate to this path:
-> Computer Configuration
--> Administrative Templates
---> System
----> System Restore
3. Set Turn off System Restore to Not Configured
4. Set Turn off Configuration to Not Configured

from Gurpreet Singh J.

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09 Feb 2012   #33
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro


I'm happy to hear that you got it sorted. The tutorials below will do that automaticall for others with the same issue.

System Restore - Enable or Disable

System Restore Configuration - Enable or Disable
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03 Apr 2013   #34

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition

Thank you for all fine Image!!
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21 Oct 2013   #35

windows 7 64 bit

Thanks for that - I used the CC Cleaner method. And thanks for the reg fix that makes 8's file system usable.
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26 Sep 2014   #36

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

Is there a way of changing the recovery file to an external hd or make a back up of windows to an external hd without all the installed applications?
I use my OS on an SSD and everything else is on a HD, but the way I know if something happens I still have to reinstall everything.
Thank you.
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26 Sep 2014   #37
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello too,

For that, it would be best to create a system image with both drives selected and save it to where you like.

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
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