How to Enable or Disable System Restore Configuration in Windows  

    How to Enable or Disable System Restore Configuration in Windows

    How to Enable or Disable System Restore Configuration in Windows

    How to Enable or Disable System Restore Configuration in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10
    Published by Category: Backup & Restore
    05 Mar 2021
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    How to Enable or Disable System Restore Configuration in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10


    System protection is a feature that allows you to undo unwanted system changes by being able to do a System Restore. System Restore enables users, in the event of a problem, to restore their computers to a previous state (restore point) without losing personal data files.

    System Restore is enabled and turned on for the Windows system drive by default in Windows.

    System Restore configuration allows you to turn protection on and off for drives, manage disk space usage for restore points, and delete restore points.

    If you like, you can disable System Restore configuration to gray out the Configure button in the System Protection tab in System Properties.

    See also:

    This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable System Restore configuration in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to enable or disable System Restore configuration.


    If you enable the Turn off System Restore policy, it will override the Turn off Configuration policy used in this tutorial.



    Contents

    • Option One: Enable or Disable System Restore Configuration using Local Group Policy Editor
    • Option Two: Enable or Disable System Restore Configuration using a REG file



    EXAMPLE: System Restore configuration enabled and disabled in Windows
    How to Enable or Disable System Restore Configuration in Windows-system_restore_configuration_disabled.png How to Enable or Disable System Restore Configuration in Windows-system_restore_configuration_enabled.png How to Enable or Disable System Restore Configuration in Windows-system_restore_configuration_enabled-2.png






    OPTION ONE

    Enable or Disable System Restore Configuration using Local Group Policy Editor


    In Windows 7, the Local Group Policy Editor will only be available in the Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise editions.

    In Windows 8, the Local Group Policy Editor will only be available in the Pro and Enterprise editions.

    In Windows 10, the Local Group Policy Editor will only be available in the Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

    All editions can use Option Two below.


    1 Open the Local Group Policy Editor.

    2 Navigate to the location below in the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor. (see screenshot below)

    Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\System Restore

    How to Enable or Disable System Restore Configuration in Windows-system_restore_configuration_gpedit-1.png

    3 In the right pane of System Restore in Local Group Policy Editor, double click/tap on the Turn off Configuration policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

    4 Do step 5 (enable) or step 6 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


    5 To Enable System Restore Configuration

    A) Select (dot) Not Configured or Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

    Not Configured is the default setting.



    6 To Disable System Restore Configuration

    A) Select (dot) Enabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

    How to Enable or Disable System Restore Configuration in Windows-system_restore_configuration_gpedit-2.png


    7 When finished, you can close the Local Group Policy Editor if you like.






    OPTION TWO

    Enable or Disable System Restore Configuration using a REG file


    The downloadable .reg files below will add and modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\SystemRestore

    DisableConfig DWORD

    (delete) = Enable
    1 = Disable


    1 Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


    2 To Enable System Restore Configuration

    This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Enable_System_Restore_Configuration.reg

    Download


    3 To Disable System Restore Configuration

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Disable_System_Restore_Configuration.reg

    Download


    4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    7 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn





  1. Posts : 7,518
    Windows 10 Home 20H2
       #1

    To Enable System Restore Configuration:
    Code:
    (REG Delete "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\SystemRestore" /V "DisableConfig" /F)

    To Disable System Restore Configuration:
    Code:
    (REG Add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\SystemRestore" /V "DisableConfig" /T REG_DWORD /D "1" /F)
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