How to Delete the System Restore Files

In this Windows XP tutorial I will show you how to delete all the system restore files. By default Windows will create a backup of the system registry every day. You can manually create a restore point if you plan on doing some radical system changes or installing some new software but usually the automatic schedule will work just fine. The type of files that Windows saves in the system restore is system files, registry keys and installed programs. The main reason to delete your system restore files is if your computer is infected with a virus or spyware bePandora Charms On Salecause those malicious programs al=”archangelartifactsmost always infect the system files. After removing the infected files it’s a good practice empty all the restore point so you system will not reinfected. I’ll now show you the process in this simple tutorial.


1. Click on the Start button or find the My Computer icon.

2. Once you find the My Computer icon, right-click it and choose Properties.

3. Now click the System Restore tab and check off the Turn Off System Restore On All Drives box. Then click the Apply button.

4. You will get a warning message asking you to confirm this procedure; just click the Yes button. Now you see that the status will change from Monitoring to Turned Off.

5. After you’ve deleted all the restore point you can enable System Restore again by un-checking the Turn Off System Restore box and click Apply. Now press the OK button and you’re done.


– Make sure to remember to enable system restore after deleting all the restore points so you can recover your system if a failure occurs.

That’s it! It’s really that simple. We hope the tutorial “How to Delete the System Restore Files” using Windows XP has helped you with your computer repair issue.

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