Windows File Protection guide

Disabling WFP

For the more performance hungry users out there disabling WFP is seen as a pretty good way of freeing up some resources, though has obvious drawbacks as stability may be concerned. Still if disabling it appeals to you itís not too hard to do, though personally Iíd recommend against it.

Perhaps most critically is that since the release of Windows 2000 Service Pack 2 & Windows XP the procedure for disabling WFP has changed considerably, most sites you may have visited on this subject still show the old Windows 2000 pre-Service Pack 1 method which no longer has any effect. Given that I donít recommend doing this at all, should you require instructions check out Axcel216ís Guide which covers disabling it in Windows 2000 Service Pack 2 & Windows XP Ė scroll down to the DISABLE FILE PROTECTION section.

To verify that WFP has been disabled after rebooting click on Start, Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Event Viewer. An event will be logged (as shown beneath) to indicate WFP is disabled on the PC.

If this event hasnít been logged in Event Viewer then WFP has not been disabled.



By now you should have a greater understanding of Windows File Protection in Windows 2000/XP & how it works. You should also have learned how to better tune it to your system. You can find further Windows 2000 & XP Guides here. If you have any Questions/Comments/Suggestions about this Guide be sure to check out our Windows OS Forum, or Email me.

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