System protection is a feature that regularly creates and saves information about your computer's system files
, and registry settings
as restore points
for all drives that have system protection turned on. You can use these restore points to do a system restore
to return these items to an earlier point in time without affecting personal files (ex: anything in C:\Users\(user-name) folder). Restore points are created just before significant system events, such as the installation of a program or device driver
. They're also created automatically by Windows using a scheduled task once every seven days if no other restore points were created in the previous seven days, but you can create restore points
manually at any time.
System protection is turned on by default for the drive that Windows 8 is installed on. System protection can only be turned on for drives that are formatted using the NTFS
file system, and not with FAT
This tutorial will show you how to turn system protection
on or off for drives of your choice in Windows 8
System Restore isn't available for Windows RT
You must be logged in as an administrator
to be able to turn system restore protection on or off.