You might want to retain user files and data for a specified period of time. For example, you might have a user who is working on a project and wants to access project research files over a period of two weeks. In this case, you would select the Retain changes temporarily option, and then set the date and time duration. Windows Disk Protection will not erase any changes when the computer restarts until the specified date and time are reached.

When the specified date and time are reached, users receive a warning message stating that the next time the computer restarts, all changes will be cleared from the hard disk. This gives shared users an opportunity to save their files to a removable storage device before shutting down the computer.