How to Turn Off System Protection (System Restore) in Windows Vista

Windows Vista System Protection can be turned on or turned off. Turning off Windows Vista System Protection will remove all restore points, turn off system restore monitoring, and remove all Previous Version of documents and pictures on your computer. I would highly recommend for all users of Windows Vista to have System Protection turned on for maximum system protection.

How to Turn Off System Protection (System Restore) in Windows Vista

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  1. Click on the Start Orb (commonly known as the Start button).
  2. Type System in the Start Search field on the Start Menu. Refer to Step 1 on the Image below.
  3. The Programs in the Start Menu in the left pane will populate. "System" should appear. Click on System to launch the System window page. Refer to Step 2 on the Image below.

     

  4. When the System windows appears then click System Protection. Refer to Image below.

     

  5. A UAC Prompt should appear to allow access to the elevated System Protection. Click on Continue to allow the elevated System Protection window to open. Refer to the Image below.

     

  6. The System Protection window will open allowing you to turn off System Protection by un-checking the box that represents the hard drive System Protection is monitoring. Refer to Image below.

     

  7. Click Turn System Restore Off to turn off Windows Vista System Protection monitoring. Refer to Image below.

     

  8. Click the Apply button to turn off Windows Vista System Protection and remove all System Restore points. Refer to Image below.

NOTE: To enlarge the images, simply click on the images you would like to view. With Internet Explorer 7, you can right-click on the image to select Open in New Tab.

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Edited: May 3, 2012

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