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Since I run a windows 7 in virtualbox, I don't need to restore any service patches, just use the snapshot function, and the roll-back generated is pretty disk space costing, is it possible to disable that feature globally?;

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I believe you're talking about the system restore functionality. And when you update, a restore point is created. You can find the directions on how to configure that, and turn it off if wanted, here:

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/3187/disable-system-restore-in-windows-7/

It has screenshots and everything :)

  • Wait, you mean if I turn off system restore, it would never create any backup? (There's no other mechanism in use for restoring?) – daisy Nov 18 '12 at 7:57
  • System restore, I believe is automated protection against corruption, viruses, bad drivers, etc. Not a backup solution for your hard drive. I believe it wouldn't create these restore points when doing updates if it was turned off. Alternative to that, you could actually specify a small amount of HD space to use for system restore and it would stay within that limit. – Thraka Nov 18 '12 at 8:06

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