Thursday, February 11, 2010

Enabling System Restore in Group Policy Settings.

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Today, one of my friends faced a trouble with ‘System Restore Option’ in Windows XP. System restore is not being enabled on the drives. By default, it will be enabled for system drive. But, if someone wants to disable it, it is possible from:
'System Properties -> System Restore -> and check ‘Turn off System Restore on all Drives’.
You can also turn off or turn on System restore on individual drives.
But If System Restore is disabled by Group Policy, this option won’t work, instead you have to manually edit group policy settings. Make sure you are member of Administrators group in local computer.
Go to run and type gpedit.msc and hit enter. Now you will get Group policy management console for local computer.
Expand the following options:
Computer configuration/Administrative Templates/System/System Restore
On right pane you can see:
Turn off System Restore and Turn off Configuration.
Double click on both the options and select the ‘Disabled’ button, and click Apply and OK. And It should look as in the below picture.

Now go to System Properties à System Restore, there you can configure your system restore settings.
You can perform system restore operations from:
Copy this “%SystemRoot%\system32\restore\rstrui.exe” without quotes and paste on Run and hit Enter.
Now you will get System Restore Window, there will be options to configure restore point or to Restore the system to previous states.
Hope this helped you.

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