How can I use Group Policy to disable System Restore in Windows XP and later?

A. System Restore is a systemwide setting. As a result, you must disable it at the Computer Configuration level by performing the following steps:

  1. Load the policy that you want to modify. For example, go to Start, Programs, Administrative Tools, Active Directory Users and Computers; right-click a domain; select Properties; select the Group Policy tab; then create a new policy or edit an existing policy.
  2. Navigate to Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates, System, System Restore.
  3. Double-click "Turn off System Restore," set it to Enabled, then click OK.
  4. Close the policy.

The change will take effect at the next policy refresh.

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