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Prevent Windows Vista System Restore from filling up your hard drive

Bill Detwiler shows you how Vista's System Restore works and how the hidden VSSAdmin command-line tool can prevent it from filling up your hard drive.

Windows Vista's System Restore is a handy feature that allows you to undo actions, like system updates and driver installations, when they go astray or cause problems. Yet if not configured properly, System Restore can gobble up a large chunk of your computer's free disk space. In this TR Dojo video, I'll show you how Vista's System Restore works and how to use the hidden VSSAdmin command-line tool to prevent it from filling up your hard drive.

For those of you who prefer text to video, you can click the Transcript link that appears below the video player window or you can also read Greg Shultz's article, "Rein in the unbound storage appetite of Vista System Restore," on which the first command line tip is based.

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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

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