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Windows XP - Turn System Restore On or Off

Welcome to this Windows XP tutorial on how to turn the system restore function on or off. The system restore feature allows you computer to make system snapshots of your Windows installation and then in the event of an error you can restore your computer settings to an earlier date (before the errors). You may want to turn it off to save computer resources.

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Windows XP - Turn System Restore On or Off

Desktop icons in windows xp

With Windows XP loaded to the desktop you should see the desktop icons.

With the mouse right click the My Computer icon and click properties from the menu that appears.

The system properties will be displayed.

The other way to access the system properties is via the 'System' utility in the control panel.

showing system properties in windows xp

You will see the System Properties load up and you will see several tabs along the top of this window.

We have tutorials to deal with each of these tabs individually otherwise this tutorial would be huge!

In this first tab 'General' you cannot make any changes although as you can see there is some useful information on this page.

Click the 'System Restore' tab.

system restore tab in windows xp

The system restore page opens and shows you a checkbox next to text that reads 'Turn off system restore on all drives'.

By default the checkbox is not ticked and system restore is enabled.

showing how to turn off system restore windows xp

To turn off the system restore feature click to tick the checkbox next to text that reads 'Turn off system restore on all drives'.

The settings button will produce a window with a slider bar that allows you specify how much space Windows XP will use for the restore points. It will be best not to change these settings.

apply button on system properties windows xp

Click the 'Apply' button at the bottom of the system properties box and you will recieve a prompt asking if you want to turn off system restore. It warns that any restore points made will be deleted.

Click the 'Yes' button to turn off system restore.

deleting system restore point in windows xp

The computer will take a few seconds up to a minute to delete the restore points and then will return you to the system restore page in system properties.

You will see, as in our example that the checkbox is ticked and the other options on the page are greyed out.

Click the 'Ok' button at the bottom of the system properties window. You will be returned to the desktop.

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