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Windows 7: Disabled System Restore/Protection, windows update turns it back on

09 Dec 2010   #1

xp, vista, win 7
Disabled System Restore/Protection, windows update turns it back on

I turned off System Protection and when I did a windows update I thought I saw a message that said "creating restore point". I checked and it did turn it back on. That is annoying. I want it to be off permanently.


i forgot, i triple boot the following:

win xp pro 32 bit
vista business 64bit
windows 7 pro 64bit

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09 Dec 2010   #2

Windows 10 Pro (x64)

Windows Update always does the Creating Restore Point regardless if it is off. It does not turn it back on ever.
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09 Dec 2010   #3

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1

What exactly are you trying to disable, System Restore? If so why do you want to disable this most useful feature?
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09 Dec 2010   #4
Microsoft MVP


It is indeed shortsighted to turn off System Restore for any reason. I rescue Systems regularly using it.

If anything, one should increase the HD space apportioned to System Restore in System Protection>Configure to around 20% so restore points hang around longer. My Dad just recovered from a bad infection only by Restoring to almost a year ago.
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09 Dec 2010   #5

xp, vista, win 7

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
Windows Update always does the Creating Restore Point regardless if it is off. It does not turn it back on ever.
Well then how did it turn itself back on?

c: on

it was :

and i certainly did not do it.

Please lets try to stay on topic, this is not about whether or not you think system restore/protection is the greatest thing since sliced bread or not.

This is about a "feature" that I disabled and somehow keeps being re-abled.

FWIW, I normally format and start from scratch if I ever have problems of any kind. Anything I want to keep is already backed up.
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06 Mar 2011   #6

Win 7 Pro
I agree; why does MS turn it back on.

logicearth: you are wrong, it does turn back on.
gregrocker and mitchell65: there are other solutions, then Windows System Protection - I use Acronis so there is no need for MS to use space on my SSD, that space is at a premium.

Cham44 asked a legitimate question and as typical, people try to insult is intelligence.

So gregrocker and mitchell65; how do you use Windows System Protection to recover from a hard drive that fails................I can answer don't, but with Acronis and another hard drive you do.

So maybe those who depend on Windows System Protection are the shortsighted ones?
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06 Mar 2011   #7
Microsoft MVP


Users need to depend on both.

If you have a special situation with limited SSD space then that's one thing, but we aren't going to advise others to turn off System Restore as we help recover systems here every day using it.

Stick around and you'll see beyond your one post.
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06 Mar 2011   #8
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Although I agree with the others that system restore should normally not be turned off, you can try to disable the Microsoft Software Shadow Copy Provider in Services. Another possibility is to give it very little shadowstorage space - I believe 300MB is the minimum.
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16 Mar 2018   #9

Windows 7
Why you would not want System Restore on...

I see a few trite posts below haranguing this young man for wanting SystemRestore to remain off.

If you manage an Enterprise Network, the chances are you already have abackup system for all your clients. This makes System Restore anunnecessary redundancy. Furthermore, System Restore (if not set properly) willchew up huge amounts of drive space until it eventually disables themachine. And yes, I'm aware that you can set limits on the amount of drivespace it uses, but the truth is, certain Windows Updates will turn it back on,and the slider is set way to the right - and it begins chewingup huge amounts of drive space.

Therefore, we have to constantly search our network for machines whereSystem Restore has been reactivated by a Windows Update - Deletethe restore points and turn it off again.

This is maddening. If Microsoft is so unsure of how its updates willimpact computers (that it writes in a process to activate System Restore)perhaps they should work harder on insuring their updates, first, will do noharm...

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17 Mar 2018   #10

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

If the OP wants Windows System Restore Points process off, then there are ways to make sure SRP stays off.
I'm a Windows 7 only person, so I do not know how to universally turn SRP off, only in Windows 7.
With SRP permanently off, I recommend any one or two backup / restore / cloning utilities, which also exist in free versions:
EaseUS, AOMEI Backupper, Macrium Reflect, and so many others. I also rarely make SRPs, I often delete SRPs.
I do make routine, bi-monthly, sometimes weekly, backup images of my OS and Data partitions. Backups must be regularly and often done if one is going to keep SRPs off.
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