How to Turn off System Restore in Windows 7/8/10

Posted by @Ada

March 12, 2018

This article will introduce how to turn off system restore in Windows 7/8/10 and provides two ways to manage your backup disk space.

Why should turn off system restore?

On Windows operating systems, System Restore is a feature that allows you to restore your computer to a point where it is working fine. However, sometimes, people may wish to turn off system restore for the following reasons:

As system restore periodically takes snapshots of your computer, the snapshots will be accumulated. As times go by, it will take up much disk space and influence your computer speed.

System restore cannot be used as image backup. If your hard disk crashes, you cannot retrieve it form system restore. Why use this feature if you already have system image backups?

Also, sometimes you need to turn off it temporarily to test applications or something alike.

Turn off system restore windows 7

Click the Start button >Control Panel >System >System Protection.

Click the Configure button on the disk on which you wish to disable System Restore.

Select the option Turn off system protection.

Click OK.

Disable System Protection Windows 8

Disable system restore windows 10/8

To disable system restore in Windows 10/8 is a little different from that of Windows 7.

Step 1: Type System Restore in the start menu, select Create a restore point.

Step 2: Select a drive and click Configure.

Change Restore Settings to Disable system protection then click OK.

Turning off system protection means all existing restore points on the disk will be deleted and new restore points will not be created. You will not be able to use system restore to undo unwanted system changes on the whole drive. It is not recommended this method in order to protect your computer.

If you think system restore takes much space on your disk, you can go to Disk Space Usage to adjust the maximum disk space.

Use Disk Space Usage to manage backup disk space

Follow the procedure of turning off/on system protection, under which you can see Disk Space Usage. You can lower the maximum disk space.

Disk Space Usage

As space fills up, older restore points will be deleted to make room for new ones. there is really no reason to completely disable System Restore. When you limit the amount of space it uses then older Restore Points will be deleted. There will be fewer points to restore from as well.

A Better way to replace system restore

As you know that system restore creates snapshots locally, when there is hard disk failure, it cannot restore your computer to a point where it is working fine. Besides, System restore does not restore your personal file including music, pictures, vedios, emails, etc. You have to find an all-around protection for your computer. To protect your computer, the best way is to make an image backup. With the image backup, you can restore to previous state when unexpected thing happens to your computer.

AOMEI Backupper Professional is a powerful backup and restore tool. The backup feature including system backup, partition backup, disk backup, file backup provides an all-around protection for your computer.

Also, you will not worry low disk space issue with this software. After you set up to delete the old backup the first time, it will manage your backup automatically. You can even save backup space by setting Compression level. The higher level will make a smaller image file.

You can either setup to delete old backup during creating a backup or after creating a backup. With its protection, you can also rest assured to turn off system restore.

Let’s see how to use this software to protect your computer and manage backup disk.

Step 1. Download and open AOMEI Backupper Pro. Select System Backup under Backup tab.

Step 2. As you can see, the software automatically select the source. Just click Step2 to select another location as destination path.

System Backup

Step 3. Click Scheme on the bottle of System Backup. Tick Enable Disk Space Management.

Enable Disk Space Managemnet

Tips: There are 5 types of Scheme: Full Backup Scheme, Incremental Backup Scheme, Differential Backup Scheme, Space Management Scheme, Other Backup Scheme respectively. Choose one and set the number of backup versions correspondingly and click OK to go back to the System Backup interface.

Step 4. To take less space, go to Backup Option >Compression to set compression level.

Compression Level

You can also go to Backup Options and Schedule to find out more settings.

Step 5. After all this setup, click Start Backup.

You can also set up automatically delete old backups after creating a backup task.

All your backups created by AOMEI Backupper are listed at Backup Management under Home tab. Select a backup task, click Advanced and select Edit Backup. In the pop-up window, select Backup Scheme tab. Then tick Enable Disk Space Management and specify the number of backup versions you want to retain.


Once again, turning off system restore in Windows 7/8/10 is not recommended. If you insist, you’d better use AOMEI Backupper to protect your computer.

It has many powerful features that Windows built-in tool does not have. With AOMEI Backupper, you can create incremental and differential backup. You are allowed to merge several images into one. As for restore, the best part is that you can perform dissimilar hardware restore.

It is also an awesome disk cloning software. You can clone bootable USB drive, clone HDD to another HDD/SSD, etc.

At last, it is worth mentioning that this software can be applied to Windows 10/8/9/Visa/XP.