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System Restore

Microsoft® Windows XP has a very useful feature called System Restore. It backups all the data in the drives of the hard disk periodically. Then, whenever the drives crashes or develops a severe problem, System Restore reverts the drive back to a previous date when the drive was working. Hence, it is a very useful tool. But, it takes its toll on the hard drive space . And if you have low disk space, (ie. less than 20 GB) then System Restore can decrease your PC's performance. So, if you have low disk space, then its recommended to turn off System Restore. (Note : If you do not have backups of your data or if your data is very important, do NOT turn off System Restore or decrease the disk space alloted to it!) To turn off System Restore follow the following steps :

1) Click on Start.
2) Right-click on 'My Computer' & click on Properties.


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3) Click on the System Restore tab.
4) Put a Check alongside 'Turn off System Restore on all drives'.


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This will turn off System Restore. To reduce the disk space alloted to System Restore, follow the first three steps given above. Then, click on a drive & click on Settings . You can then reduce the alloted disk space for that particular drive.


Note : Microsoft product screen shot(s) reprinted with permission from Microsoft Corporation.





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