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Disable System Restore in Windows XP

Published on 07-08-2007  | 

In some situations you may need to disable System Restore in your Microsoft Windows XP computer in order to complete a task such as removing a virus or a piece of spyware. This help article will show you how to disable System Restore on your Microsoft Windows XP computer so you can complete your repair. We strongly suggest that you remember to re-enable the System Restore utility once your repair process is complete.

Note: When you disable System Restore all previous system restore points will be deleted. You must create new system restore points once you turn System Restore back on.

To Disable System Restore in Windows XP

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. Right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.
  3. On the System Restore tab, check Turn off System Restore or Turn off System Restore on all drives as shown in this picture:
    disable system restore in windows xp
  4. Click Apply. The following message appears:
    disable system restore in windows xp
  5. When you disable system restore your computer will delete all existing restore points. Click Yes to do this.
  6. Click OK to disable system restore.
  7. Proceed with what you need to do. For example, removing viruses. Restart the computer and follow the instructions in the next section to turn on System Restore.

To Enable System Restore in Windows XP

  1. Right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.
  2. On the System Restore tab, check Turn on System Restore or Turn on System Restore on all drives as shown in this picture:
    disable system restore in windows xp
  3. Click Apply. The following message appears:
    disable system restore in windows xp
  4. Click OK to enable system restore.
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