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Symptoms

Some times you may want to disable the system restore feature to save your system from a virus attack or to disable  volume shadow copy feature.

 

This may be a necessity if configuration of the system restore feature has been disabled by group polivy

Diagnosis

Windows systems in which system restore has been disabled by group policy

Solution

 

This happens if the Turn off Configuration Policy is enabled in your system, either using Group Policy or through registry edit. For standalone Windows Vista systems, use these steps:

Using the Group Policy Editor

If your edition of Windows Vista includes the Group Policy Editor snap-in (gpedit.msc), follow these steps:

1. Click Start, type gpedit.msc and press ENTER

2. Go to the following branch:

Computer Configuration | Administrative Templates | System | System Restore

3. Double-click Turn off Configuration and set it to Not configured.

Note: If the above setting is already set to Not configured, set it to Enabled and click Apply. Then revert back the setting to Not configured, and click Apply, OK.

4. Exit the Group Policy Editor.

Using the Registry Editor

1. Click Start, type regedit.exe and press ENTER

2. Navigate to the following key:

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

3. In the right-pane, delete the value named DisableConfig

4. Exit the Registry Editor. 

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