Disable and Adjust System Restore Settings to Save Space in Windows 7

The computer storage capabilities are increasing day by day but so is the size of programs, music folders and games. People are storing data on the systems like never before and it seems like there is no stopping to get everything digital.

This is the reason that some users look for ways to save some space on their computers. Some delete unwanted program files and some disable hibernate option but if you have done all and want to get more space on the hard drive then we will show you how to disable system restore in Windows 7.

Disable System Restore in Windows 7

After making sure that you actually want to get rid of system restore, open the control panel and use the link for System and Security. Select ‘System’ in the next window and you will be navigated to another layout, look for ‘System Protection’.

A new System Properties window will open now, select the system disk and then look for ‘Configure’ just below that.

Click on that button and under the new window, you will find turn off system protection,

Check it and click ‘OK’ at the bottom, select ‘Yes’ on the alert prompt and you will disable the system restore.

Alternative to System Restore Deactivation

However, if you are unsure about disabling the system restore in your Windows 7 computer then consider the option of limiting system restore space on hard disk. This is a great option for people who have large disk spaces but still want to save some. For limiting the maximum disk space used for system restore, follow the above direction till opening the ‘Configure’ window.

After that, rather than turning off system restore, look at the lower section of window. You’ll find a slider that allows the restriction to use disk space for system restore. Slide it to a level you think is suitable but understand that lower disk space means fewer restore points to select from. After making the adjustment, click ‘Ok’. It is also advisable that you create a new restore point just after this process as the system might have deleted some older restore points to save space according to the new settings.

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System Restore & Risks

First of all understand that system restore is a powerful Windows feature that helps user to restore system to a previous date and time so that the bugs or crashes could be undone. Windows users have been loyally using this feature from many years and it is incorporated in Windows 7 too. The reason is simple; you don’t really know what can happen to the system so prepare a backup. Therefore, before disabling system restore, make sure that you really want to do this and you are prepared for the outcomes.

Disabling system restore completely is for those users who understand how to fix problems without restore while adjusting the maximum disk space for system restore would be beneficial for all. However, do it only when you really need to save space and always keep a system recovery disk handy.