System Restore Service

 

Windows XP Pro x64

Default Description

Performs system restore functions. To stop service, turn off System Restore from the System Restore tab in My Computer > Properties.

Additional Information

Read all of this before disabling! This service creates system snap shots or restores a point for returning to later. This is the other service that is a massive resource hog. Indexing Service is number one. Every time you install a program or new driver, and on a schedule, this service creates a “restore point” to roll back to if a problem occurs. This service would have been nice in the Windows 95 days due to plenty of problems occurring (new DirectX version every 15 minutes) but not required for the “much” more stable Windows XP. This is the first thing that I get rid of on a clean installation. I feel it is faster and less hassle to just install clean and have everything that I need backed up regularly. A rather good (and possibly the only) reason to use this “feature” is to roll back your OS after installing an unknown program or testing software. For example, if you use BETA software of any kind or even testing out service configurations.

Note: If you disable this service, your previous “restore points” will be deleted. If, for whatever reason, you do not want this to happen, do not disable this service. By default, System Restore Service uses a large amount of disk space to store rollback points. On large hard drives, this could be well over 10 to 20 GB.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1 SP2
XP Pro x64 ? ? Automatic

Service Names

Service Name (registry): srservice
Display Name: System Restore Service

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs

Log On As

Account: Local System Account

Dependencies

What service System Restore Service needs to function properly:

What other service require System Restore Service to function properly:

  • None

Windows XP

Default Description

Performs system restore functions. To stop service, turn off System Restore from the System Restore tab in My Computer > Properties.

Additional Information

Read all of this before disabling! This service creates system snap shots or restores a point for returning to later. This is the other service that is a massive resource hog. Indexing Service is number one. Every time you install a program or new driver, and on a schedule, this service creates a “restore point” to roll back to if a problem occurs. This service would have been nice in the Windows 95 days due to plenty of problems occurring (new DirectX version every 15 minutes) but not required for the “much” more stable Windows XP. This is the first thing that I get rid of on a clean installation. I feel it is faster and less hassle to just install clean and have everything that I need backed up regularly. A rather good (and possibly the only) reason to use this “feature” is to roll back your OS after installing an unknown program or testing software. For example, if you use BETA software of any kind or even testing out service configurations.

Note: If you disable this service, your previous “restore points” will be deleted. If, for whatever reason, you do not want this to happen, do not disable this service. By default, System Restore Service uses a large amount of disk space to store rollback points. On large hard drives, this could be well over 10 to 20 GB.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1 SP2 SP3
XP Home Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
XP MCE 2005 Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
XP Pro Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
XP Tablet PC 2005 Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)

Service Names

Service Name (registry): srservice
Display Name: System Restore Service

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs

Log On As

Account: Local System Account

Dependencies

What service System Restore Service needs to function properly:

What other service require System Restore Service to function properly:

  • None (H, M, P, T)

Additional Reading

None at this time.