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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 by default in Windows. If disabled, System Restore is turned off, and the System Restore Wizard cannot be accessed. The option to configure System Restore or create a restore point through System Protection is also disabled.

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

You must be signed in as an administrator to enable or disable System Restore.
Note   Note
If you disable System Restore, any created restore points will not be automatically deleted in the process.

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


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Enable or Disable System Restore in Windows OPTION ONE Enable or Disable System Restore in Windows
Enable or Disable System Restore using Local Group Policy Editor

Note   Note
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. In the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)

Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\System Restore

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3. In the right pane of System Restore in Local Group Policy Editor, double click/tap on the Turn off System Restore 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

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

NOTE: Not Configured is the default setting.


 6. To Disable System Restore

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

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






Enable or Disable System Restore in Windows OPTION TWO Enable or Disable System Restore in Windows
Enable or Disable System Restore using a REG file

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

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

DisableSR DWORD

(delete) = Enable
0 = Disable

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


 2. To Enable System Restore

NOTE: 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.reg

download


 3. To Disable System Restore

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

Disable_System_Restore.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