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How to Disable the System Restore Configuration User Interface

Method 1: Use Group Policy Editor

  1. Click Start, click Run, type gpedit.msc, and then click OK.
  2. Expand Computer Configuration, expand Administrative Templates, expandSystem, and then click System Restore.
  3. Double-click Turn off System Restore, and then on the Setting tab, select Enable.
  4. Double-click Turn off Configuration, and then on the Setting tab, select Enable.

    For more information about what these settings do, click the Explain tab on theProperties dialog box.
  5. Click Apply, and then click OK.
If users try to access System Restore Configuration, the System Properties dialog box is present, but the System Restore tab is not present.

Method 2: Create a Customized Microsoft Management Console

  1. Click Start, click Run, type mmc, and then click OK.
  2. In Microsoft Management Console (MMC), on the Console menu, click Add/Remove Snap-in.
  3. On the Standalone tab, click Add, click Group Policy under Available Standalone Snap-ins, and then click Add.
  4. Accept the default of Local Computer in the Group Policy Object box, and then clickFinish.
  5. Close the Add Standalone Snap-in dialog box, and then click OK on theAdd/Remove Snap-in dialog box.
  6. Under Console Root, expand Local Computer Policy, expand Computer Configuration, expand Administrative Templates, expand System, and then clickSystem Restore.
  7. Double-click Turn off System Restore, and then on the Setting tab, select Enable.
  8. Double-click Turn off Configuration, and then on the Setting tab, select Enable.
  9. Click Apply, and then click OK.
  10. On the Console menu, click Save as, type the name of the new console, and accept the Administrative Tools folder as the default location in which to save this file.

    To access the new console, click Start, click More Programs, and then clickAdministrative Tools.
If users try to access System Restore Configuration, the System Properties dialog box is present, but the System Restore tab is not present.

Method 3: Use Registry Editor to Disable System Restore

Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs.


  • Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.

  • In Registry Editor, locate the following registry key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT

  • Under Windows NT, create a new key:
    1. On the Edit menu, click New, and then click Key.
    2. For the name of the new key, type SystemRestore.

  • Create a new DWORD value:

    1. On the Edit menu, click New, and then click DWORD Value.
    2. Double-click the new key to open the Edit DWORD Value dialog box.
    3. Under Value name, type DisableConfig, under Value data, type 1, and then click OK.

    System Restore disabled by Group Policy or virus program (how do I turn it on?)

    1. Click Start, Run and type regedit.exe and press Enter

    2. Navigate to the following key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ Software \ Policies \ Microsoft \ Windows NT \ SystemRestore

    In the right-pane:

    * Delete the value DisableConfig
    * Delete the value DisableSR

    3. Exit the Registry Editor.

    In Windows XP Professional, you can accomplish the above using Group Policy Editor as well.

    1. Click Start, Run and type GPEDIT.MSC

    2. Navigate to this path:

    -> Computer Configuration
    --> Administrative Templates
    ---> System
    ----> System Restore

    3. Set Turn off System Restore to Not Configured

    4. Set Turn off Configuration to Not Configured
    More Information

    Turn off System Restore corresponds to DisableSR registry value. With this Policy is turned ON, the System Restore tab may be missing in My Computer Properties. Also, when you run System Restore (rstrui.exe), you receive this message:

    System Restore has been turned off by group policy. To turn on System Restore, contact your domain Administrator.

    Turn off Configuration corresponds to DisableConfig registry value. With this Policy turned ON, the System Restore tab will remain displayed but the user cannot configure the SR options. It reads disabled by Group Policy.

    Or perhaps you can review this
    Control of System Restore function has been disabled by "Group Policy".
    How do regain control?Go to Start>Run, key in gpedit.msc and hit ENTER. Under Computer
    Configuration, expand Administrative Templates, expand System, then click on
    the System Restore folder. In the right-hand pane, double-click on Turn off
    Configuration and, under the Setting tab, click in the radio button beside
    Not Configured. Click on Apply then OK.

    Please visit the following Microsoft Knowledge Base website
    and review the topic titled: "Method 1: Use Group Policy".

    How to Disable the System Restore Configuration User Interface
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.asp…

    Note: You must be an administrator or owner, or have administrative
    privileges to perform this task.

    Undo the changes using Group Policy Editor (Gpedit.msc)

    -or-

    Open Registry Editor and navigate to:

    HKEY LOCAL MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Wind… NT\SystemRestore

    In the right-pane, delete the value "DisableConfig".
    Close Registry Editor
    Close and re-open the System Restore properties page.

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