11. Turn Off System Restore
While System restore is a God send when problems
strike, it can also have a downside. That downside
is, quite simply, Disk Space. Every restore point
takes up ever more valuable disk space, thus
reducing available space required for other
System restore is clever enough to realise that,
once its space allocation (usually 12% of
available disk space) has been reached it
needs to start deleting some of its restore points
and replacing them with later ones. However, there
comes a time, assuming your PC is working
satisfactorily, that it is much simpler to delete
all restore points and start from scratch.
Alternatively you may be the type of person that
keeps an incremental backup image of your hard drive
and are therefore not in need of system restore.
If you need to clear all system restore points
(for whatever reason) or you simply don't want to
use system restore (not a good idea unless you have
an up to date backup image of your hard drive), you
need to turn system restore off. To do this proceed
1/ Click the Start Button.
2/ From the Start menu click
3/ In Control Panel click the
4/ On the Left of the
System properties window you will see a
list of Tasks, click on the
System protection link.
5/ In the System Protection window
remove the 'Tick' mark
from beside the drive you want to disable system
6/ A message will now appear asking: 'Are
you sure you want to turn System restore off.'
7/ Press the Turn System Restore Off
8/ System Restore will now be turned off
permanently on that particular drive.
9/ To re-enable system restore
just click your mouse in the box next to the drive
you require system restore to monitor ( a tick will
appear in the box), then click the Apply
button and system restore will resume
monitoring the drive.