How to permanently disable system protection?

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  1. Posts : 61,569
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       #11

    Ok. I'll be happy to help.
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  2. Posts : 27
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
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       #12

    That was user error on my part...I did look in the wrong place. Found the setting and disabled it. So now system restore is turned off and the ability to change it is grayed out in that menu. I'll give a few days to a week and see if system restore stays turned off. Thanks!
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  3. Posts : 61,569
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
       #13

    Great news. You're most welcome. :)
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  4. Posts : 69
    Win10
       #14

    wags1 said:
    I use Macrium Reflect for image backup and want to permanently disable system protection. I have used the control panel to turn off system protection several times now but have noticed that for some reason periodically it gets turned back on. I have turned it off and then did a restart and it was still off but then several days later I checked and it was back on so I'm not completely sure what is triggering it to turn back on. Is there any way to turn it off so it doesn't come back on by itself?
    I used to run with System Restore off until I read that Automatic Maintenance doesn't work properly if SysRestore is off. Anyone else know about this?

    bob Frost
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  5. Posts : 13,581
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       #15

    bobfrost said:
    I used to run with System Restore off until I read that Automatic Maintenance doesn't work properly if SysRestore is off. Anyone else know about this?

    bob Frost

    This cannot be true as by default system protection is switched off in Windows 10.

    OP: System protection is still a good idea even if you have full image backups, as it oftens sorts niggling issues.
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       #16
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  7. Posts : 13,581
    Windows10
       #17

    bobfrost said:
    Interesting article.

    What is unclear is if you have an hdd, not ssd, does turning off system restore stop defragging of an hdd (am I being too simplistic?)?

    If so, why does MS make the default for system restore to be off?

    This does not make sense if it is prevents defragging.
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  8. Posts : 5,478
    2004
       #18

    cereberus said:
    If so, why does MS make the default for system restore to be off?
    It seems that system restore is disabled by default on small disks but not larger ones. That seemed the consensus in this thread anyway Solved Why is system restore disabled by default? - Page 2 - Windows 10 Forums
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  9. Posts : 13,581
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       #19

    lx07 said:
    It seems that system restore is disabled by default on small disks but not larger ones. That seemed the consensus in this thread anyway Solved Why is system restore disabled by default? - Page 2 - Windows 10 Forums
    Reading that thread that is just speculation with no evidence. I have three devices I use

    1) tablet with 32 GB mmc drive upgraded from 8.1+Bing

    2) laptop with 256 GB ssd for os and 1 TB hdd for data, upgrade from 8.1

    3) laptop with 1TB HDD, upgraded from windows

    All systems from completely different vendors

    In all cases, system restore was switched on before upgrade. On all cases, it was off after upgrade.

    Turned restore on - all upgraded to TH2 - setting back to off.

    Backed up laptop with 1TB drive only - wiped drive and clean installed 10 TH2 (to use this as my insider pc).
    Setting again off.

    So I do not believe it has anything to do with drive capacity.

    Also using MS or local account has, no bearing either as made no difference.

    Personally, I have not seen any case after a major update or clean install on any sized drive, or account type that sets restore to on.

    Something else is going on, or it could just be a bug of course, but no obvious answer.
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  10. Posts : 27
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
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       #20

    That didn't work. Checked today and system protection was turned back on. And since I had followed the procedure recommended, I cant turn it back off until I reverse the procedure because the selection is grayed out in the menu. At this point I have not found a way to permanently disable it. Even though I had turned it off, and followed the procedure to disable it, and the menu was grayed out, something still turned it back on. I am guessing that it was ether the installation of new software or a driver install since I did both yesterday. Seriously , there must be some way to turn it off so it doesn't come back on again...
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