How Do I Enable Or Disable System Restore In Windows 7?

System Restore, or System Protection as it appears to be called in Windows 7, is an important feature that has appeared in Microsoft’s operating system from Windows ME onwards. It’s purpose is to record points in time where your system is running optimally and free of any problems or malware infections.

Should you run into any difficulties, such as a virus that cannot be removed, then it may be able to help you. That said, some viruses, Trojans, etc will also infect your restore points too so it is no substitute for keeping backups of important data away from your PC.

Enabling/Disabling System Restore in Windows 7

Control Panel

1. Switching system restore on or off in Windows 7 is quite simple, as long as you know where to find it!

Firstly, click on the Start button and then click on Control Panel.

System and Security

2. This will lead you to the screen above where you will need to click on System and Security.

System protection

3. On the next screen choose the System protection option.


4. You should now be in the System Protection area, as seen in the image above.

Here you will need to highlight the drive you wish set system restore on and then click on the Configure button.

enable disable

5. This leads to the final screen you’ll need to use which is displayed above.

There are 3 options here:

  • Restore system settings and previous versions of files
  • Only restore previous versions of files
  • Turn off system protection

If you are looking to turn system protection on then choose one of the top 2 options. If you are looking to turn it off, pick the bottom option.

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