Purging System Restore in Windows Vista

  • Article ID: 17803
  • Updated: 28 Mar 2011

How to purge System Restore in Windows Vista.

Note: This will delete any previously created restore points.

What to do

  • Go to Start|Control Panel|Backup and Restore Center.
  • On the left, select 'Create a restore point or change settings'.
  • In the window that opens, select the 'System Protection' tab.
  • Each available disk which is listed, has a checkbox alongside it. Deselect each of these checkboxes.
  • A new window is displayed, select 'Turn System Restore Off'.

This disables System Restore. You should then immediately re-enable it.

  • Reselect all the listed drives.
  • Click 'OK'.
  • Restart the computer.

Another knowledgebase article describes how to purge system restore in Windows XP.

If you need more information or guidance, then please contact technical support.

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