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Windows XP - Disabling System Restore

This document explains how to disable system restore in Windows XP. Windows XP uses a restore utility that backs up selected files automatically to the C:\_Restore folder. A backup file could be stored there that was infected with a virus that the virus scan can not delete. The System Restore Utility must be disabled to remove infected files from the C:\_Restore folder.

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Disabling System Restore

  1. Right click the My Computer icon on the Desktop and click on Properties.

  2. Click on the System Restore tab.

  3. Put a check mark next to Turn off System Restore on All Drives.


  4. Click the OK button.

  5. You will be prompted to restart the computer. Click Yes.

Note: To re-enable the Restore Utility, follow steps one to five and on step three remove the check mark next to Turn off System Restore on All Drives.

Keywords:Windows XP Disabling System Restore virus scans   Doc ID:10995
Owner:Help Desk KB Team .Group:DoIT Help Desk
Created:2009-06-14 18:00 CSTUpdated:2020-08-13 17:22 CST
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