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Disable System Restore through group policy

Is there a way to disable System Restore through group policy?
System Restore for Windows XP can be an extremely helpful feature, but in some instances you may want to disable it.

For example, if you've rolled out a specific application where a System Restore could remove or break the application, you may want to disable the feature.

You can disable the System Restore feature through group policy by performing the following steps:

  1. In Active Directory Users and Computers, navigate to Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates, System, System Restore.
  2. Double-click "Turn off System Restore," set it to Enabled, then click OK.
  3. Close the policy and exit Active Directory Users and Computers.
  4. The changes will take effect on the next policy refresh.

This was first published in June 2004

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