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Enhance Windows 7 Performance by Preventing System Restore Point Creation

By Codrut Nistor

Posted in How-to, Windows-7

Whenever a new device is installed on a Windows 7 computer and it starts installing its drivers Windows 7 automatically creates a restore point to ensure that the computer becomes fault-tolerant in case the device driver fails to initialize. System restore point is also created automatically when any other uncommon device activity takes place. System restore point creation process of course consumes some processing speed and eats a bit of memory as well. However in home environments where there are one or two computers and security is not a major issue people may want to disable this restore point creation process in order to enhance Windows 7 performance. If you want to configure this you need to follow the steps given below:

  1. Logon to the computer with administrator account.
  2. Click on Start button.
  3. At the bottom of start menu in search box type gpedit.msc and press enter key.
  4. On Local Group Policy Editor snap-in under Computer Configuration expand Administrative Templates and expand System.
  5. From expanded list select Device Installation from the right pane double click on Prevent creation of a system restore point during device activity that would normally prompt creation of a restore point and on the opened window select Enabled radio button.
  6. Once done click on Ok button to accept and confirm your configuration.
  7. Close Local Group Policy Editor snap-in and open Command Prompt.
  8. In command window type gpupdate /force and press enter key to update your computer configuration with latest settings.
  9. Close Command Prompt.