To turn off Windows XP System Restore

  1. Click Start > Programs > Accessories > Windows Explorer

  2. Right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.

  3. Click the System Restore tab.

  4. Check the "Turn off System Restore" or "Turn off System Restore on all drives" check box as shown in this illustration:



  5. Click Apply. The following message appears:



  6. As noted in the message, this will delete all existing restore points. Click Yes to do this.

  7. Click OK.

  8. Proceed with what you need to do. For example, removing viruses. Restart the computer and follow the instructions in the next section to turn on System Restore.


To turn on Windows XP System Restore

  1. Click Start.

  2. Right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.

  3. Click the System Restore tab.

  4. Uncheck the "Turn off System Restore" or "Turn off System Restore on all drives" check box.

  5. Click Apply, and then click OK.


System Restore will create regular backups of selected system files and program files. For more information, read the Microsoft Knowledge Base article, How to: Restore Windows XP to a Previous State, Q306084.