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Windows XP - Tips Section
Turning off System Restore
Posted By: Byron Hinson
Last Updated: September 4th 2003
Tip Difficulty Level: Advanced


How This Tip Works

When you install Windows XP (Or when it comes pre-installed), Windows XP keeps a backup of system files in the System Volume Information folder. This system can take up large amounts of space on your Hard Drive which you may not want it to. If you no longer want Windows to back up your system files please do the following.:

  1. Open the Control Panel
  2. Double click on system
  3. Click the System Restore tab
  4. Check "Turn off System Restore on all drives
  5. Click Apply
  6. You can now delete the System Volume Information folder.

Warning! If you turn this off you will not be able to use Windows System Restore to restore your system in case of failure.


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