I was reading a post over at the KRC forums in which the poster was having trouble with a software program and, after uninstalling the problematic software, other software didn’t work. And he had been previously advised by a member to turn off System Restore. Unfortunately, this advice — while being correct for cleaning out spyware on the system — was not followed up to include turning System Restore back on.

I don’t get it, people. Why would anyone not take advantage of one of the great features in ME and XP, and turn System Restore off? To save disk space so you can load more MP3 files on your system? 🙂

In the days of old when we had tiny, teeny, little hard disks, this may have made sense. But today our hard disks are huge. So why disable this feature — especially since you can control the amount of disk spaced being used if you chose not to opt for the default setting?

Here’s how to reduce the size of System Restore:

  • Open Control Panel
  • Open the System icon — located toward the bottom of the list.
  • Click on the System Restore tab.
  • Click on the Settings button and move the slider to a lower setting from the 12% default.

By doing this, you will save disk space, but you should be aware that there will be less Restore Points to choose from at a later date when needed.

Also, when installing new software, I recommend setting a new restore point just in case something goes awry.