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Disable System Restore Tools and Settings (Windows XP)

System Restore allows users to revert Windows settings and configuration changes to an earlier point in time (called Restore Points). This tweak can be used to restrict user access to the System Restore tools and settings.

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Open your registry and find or create the key below.

Disable System Restore on Start Menu
Create a new DWORD value called "DisableSR" and set it to "1" to disable the System Restore tools on the Start menu (Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Restore).

Restrict Access to System Restore Settings
Create a new DWORD value called "DisableConfig" and set it to "1" to disable System Restore Settings link in the System Restore interface and the Control Panel > System > System Restore page.

Changes take effect immediately.

Note: These settings will not stop Windows from making automatic System Checkpoints, but will disable access to restore them.

Registry Editor Example
|NameTypeData|
|(Default)REG_SZ(value not set)|
|DisableConfigREG_DWORD0x00000001 (1)|
|DisableSRREG_DWORD0x00000001 (1)|
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|HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\Sy...|
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Registry Settings
System Key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\SystemRestore]
Value Name: DisableConfig, DisableSR
Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)
Value Data: (1 = enable restriction)

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Last modified: April 24, 2003