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    Turn On or Off System Protection for Drives in Windows 10

    Turn On or Off System Protection for Drives in Windows 10

    How to Turn On or Off System Protection for Drives in Windows 10
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    16 Mar 2017
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    How to Turn On or Off System Protection for Drives in Windows 10

    information   Information
    System protection is a feature that regularly creates and saves information about your computer's system files and settings. System protection also saves previous versions of files that you've modified. It saves these files in restore points, which are created just before significant system events, such as the installation of a program or device driver. They're also created automatically once every seven days if no other restore points were created in the previous seven days, but you can create restore points manually at any time.

    When system protection is turned on, you can undo undesired system changes by doing a system restore to revert your computer (all drives that have system protection turned on) to a previous point in time.

    This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off system protection for drives of your choice to be able to create restore points and do a system restore in Windows 10.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to turn on or off system protection.

    Note   Note
    • If you have Windows booted in Safe Mode, then you will not be able to turn on or off System Protection for drives.
    • System protection is turned off by default.
    • System protection can only be turned on for drives that are formatted using the NTFS file system.
    • You can adjust the maximum disk space per drive used for system protection. As space fills up, older restore points will automatically be deleted to make room for new ones.
    • When you turn off system protection for a drive, all existing restore points on the drive will be deleted, and new restore points will not be created. You will not be able to use System Restore to undo unwanted system changes on the drive.
    • Personal files in each user account's "C:\Users\(user-name)" folder will not be affected by a system restore.
    warning   Warning
    It is highly recommended to leave system protection turned on for your Windows drive (ex: C: ) to be able to quickly restore Windows 10 back to a previous restore point as needed.

    Restore points are not meant to take the place of backups and system images. Instead it is only an extra method of recovery to have handy as needed. Be sure to always keep updated backups and system images to be safe.



    Here's How:

    1. Do step 2, step 3, or step 4 below for how you would like to open System.

    2. Open the Win+X Quick Link menu, click/tap on System, and go to step 5 below.

    3. Open the Control Panel (icons view), click/tap on the System icon, and go to step 5 below.

    4. Open the Control Panel (icons view), click/tap on the Recovery icon, click/tap on the Configure System Restore link, and go to step 6 below. (see screenshot below)

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    5. Click/tap on the System protection link on the left side. (see screenshot below)

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    6. If prompted by UAC, click/tap on Yes.

    7. Under Protection Settings, select a drive (ex: C: ) that you want to turn on or off system protection for, and click/tap on the Configure button. (see screenshot below)

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    8. Do step 9 or step 10 below for what you would like to do.


     9. To Turn Off System Protection for Drive

    Note   Note
    This is the default setting.


    A) Under Restore Settings, select (dot) Disable system protection, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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    B) Click/tap on Yes to confirm. (see screenshot below)

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     10. To Turn On System Protection for Drive

    A) Under Restore Settings, select (dot) Turn on system protection. (see screenshot below)

    B) Under Disk Space Usage, adjust the Max usage slider to the maximum disk space you want used for system protection, and click/tap on OK.

    Note   Note
    The more Max usage you set, the more restore points you will be able to have available for the drive.

    Of course, this will use more free space on the drive, so be sure to set an amount that balances your needs.


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    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Posts : 11,234
    W10Prox64
       19 Sep 2015 #1

    Hi.
    I wonder if you can explain why I am getting this warning after upgrading a W8.1 x64 to W10 home?Click image for larger version. 

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    The Recovery folder is probably there for 30 days (it is new), but I don't understand why I would get a warning when turning system restore on for drive C? I don't understand.

    Thanks.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  2. Posts : 20,840
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
    Thread Starter
       19 Sep 2015 #2

    Hey mate,

    Recovery, could be for a factory recovery partition.

    The error message for C: indicates that you have a system image saved on that drive. Do you see a "WindowsImageBackup" folder on the root of C? Possibly from another OS.
      My ComputersSystem Spec


  3. Posts : 11,234
    W10Prox64
       19 Sep 2015 #3

    Brink said: View Post
    Hey mate,

    Recovery, could be for a factory recovery partition.

    The error message for C: indicates that you have a system image saved on that drive. Do you see a "WindowsImageBackup" folder on the root of C? Possibly from another OS.
    Nope, nothing. Using Macrium on an external HDD. I've never seen this before.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  4. Posts : 20,840
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
    Thread Starter
       20 Sep 2015 #4

    Odd. I'm not sure why it thinks you have a system image on C. Especially when you are not able to create a system image on the OS drive by default.
      My ComputersSystem Spec


  5. Posts : 25,547
    Dual boot: Windows 10 Home Insider Build 16179 & W8.1 Pro x64 with Media Center
       22 Nov 2015 #5

    System Restore is turned off in 10 by default, which is something new and I read of a lot of complaints. I'm wondering as to why myself. It may be a feature no one was using. It may be they're porting it over to the Settings app. Who knows.

    My question is since I'm dual booting with 2 partitions which are considered separate drives > Could it be one of the reasons they have it off by default so as it doesn't include System Restore of another partition or another drive? I have my System Restores managed by their own OS. Or would it configure not include the other drive(s) if it was on by default upon install of 10 or any other OS for that matter?
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  6.    07 Dec 2015 #6

    Hey I just found that system restore is not really turned off even if I set it to disabled ? What's the deal ?? I found that I had 30 GB of file in system volume information. Is that a bug because I upgraded ?

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  7. Posts : 20,840
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
    Thread Starter
       07 Dec 2015 #7

    Hello Kensiko,

    Your System Protection is disabled as set, but the "Max Usage" is also utilized by Windows system image. See the yellow tip box under step 9 below for details.

    Backup User and System Files - Windows 7 Help Forums
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  8.    07 Dec 2015 #8

    OK I'll enable than disable it, we'll see.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  9.    07 Dec 2015 #9

    No change. Well, I'll need to clean-up that once every while. I use my own disk image backup to make backups.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 
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