While having the ability to restore your system from a restore point is one of Windows' most useful features, it may be that some people will want to turn it off for all or part of their partitions. For example, perhaps you have a drive that would not change after a system restore, so omitting it from the restore-point creation process would save some time. Fortunately, turning System Restore off (and back on again if you change your mind) is a simple, direct process.
Flipping the Switch - How to Disable System Restore
First of all, if you are not familiar with System Restore, you will want to read our tutorial: What Is System Restore & How to Create a Restore Point in Windows. You may also find some of our other articles useful as well, but opening System Restore is the essential part. The process is the same in Windows 7 and Windows 8. Illustrations here are from Windows 8.
Open System Restore, and click or tap on the drive or partition for which you want it turned off. Then click or tap the Configure button.
From the next window, click or tap on "Disable system protection" and then OK.
You will get a warning that if you turn System Restore off, your existing restore points will be deleted and you won't be able to create new ones. Click or tap OK.
It may take a minute or two while Windows deletes your existing restore points for that drive or partition. From then on, no further restore points will be created on that partition. On the partitions where it is turned on, System Restore will keep doing its job.
Flipping the Switch the Other Way - How to Enable System Restore
If you later change your mind about turning System Restore off, it's very easy to turn it back on again. Open System Restore and follow the steps above, clicking or tapping "Turn on system protection".
Click or tap OK and System Restore is back in business. You may want to create a manual restore point at this time. Again, our tutorial will show you how that's done: What is System Restore & How to Create a Restore Point in Windows.
While System Restore is one of the most useful built-in Windows utilities, people may have good reasons to turn it off on a given drive or partition. As you can see, that is a quick and easy process and it's just as quickly and easily reversible. Did you have a reason to turn System Restore off? Please tell us about that in the comments.