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Limit System Restore in Windows ME

Wednesday, November 17th, 2004 by | Filed Under: System Tune-Up Help

Limit System Restore in Windows ME

Last month Kyle told us how to limit the System Restore feature in Windows XP (see July 17, 2003 Computer Tips ). He mentioned that Windows ME also had System Restore, but it turns out that the process for adjusting it was different. But have no fear ME users—you too can limit your System Restore.

As you may know, your system automatically makes system restore points. These are backups of your system configurations and windows settings. The restore points can be used to repair your system in the case of a system error. The default settings for the space reserved for these restore points is usually a bit high and can be lowered to reclaim some space.

On your desktop, right-click “My Computer” and go to “Properties” in the drop down box.


When “System Properties” comes up, click on the “Performance” tab.


At the bottom in the Advance Settings box, click on the “File System…” button.


In the File System Properties window you will find the “System Restore disk space” slide bar. Mine was set to over 4000MB! Simply move the bar until you have the amount of memory that you want reserved. I would recommend somewhere around 1000 MB, but a bit less will be fine (some of the restore points can be rather large).


When you have everything set, click “Apply” then OK .

And there you go. You just reclaimed some valuable hard drive space.

~ Stacy Harris

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