Chapter 21: Getting Help and Handling Advanced Support Issues
always available for user and application storage. If System Restore needs to create a
restore point and has no more allocated space, the operating system overwrites previ-
ously created restore points. You cannot configure the amount of disk space System
You can manage System Restore monitoring of your computer by completing these
1. Click Start and then click Control Panel.
2. In the Control Panel, click System and Maintenance and then click System.
3. In the System console, click System Protection under Tasks in the left pane.
4. System Restore is enabled on the System disk by default (see Figure 21-5). You
should enable system restore on all disks that store system, program, and per-
• To enable System Restore for a disk, select the disk’s checkbox. When you
enable System Restore, restore points are created automatically, as dis-
• To disable System Restore for a disk, clear the disk’s checkbox and then
confirm the action by clicking Yes. When you disable System Restore, all
restore points on that disk are removed and you cannot undo this action.
5. When you are finished making configuration changes, click OK.
You can create a manual restore point by following these steps:
1. Open the Backup and Recovery Center. Click Start, click Control Panel, and
then click the “Back up your computer” link under the System and Maintenance
2. In the Backup and Restore Center, click “Create a restore point or change set-
tings” under Tasks.
3. Select the disk for which you want to create the restore point and then click Create.
4. Enter a description for the restore point and then click Create.
5. When your computer finishes creating the restore point, click OK.
Conﬁguring Previous Versions
System Restore does not affect personal data. You can recover your computer to a
restore point without affecting your application data, cached files, or documents.
System Restore doesn’t write any information to any of your personal document
folders, either. However, as a new feature in Windows Vista, restore points include
previous versions of your data. Because of this, you should enable System Restore for
all disks on your computer that store system and program data as well as disks that
store personal data. If you’ve configured System Restore only for the System disk,
you should update the configuration to include any disks that store personal data as