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Delete Old Windows 10 System Restore Points to Free Up Disk Space

The Disk Cleanup utility in Windows 10 allows you to free up space on your Windows 10 PC. In fact, you can gain 20 GB or more after a major update. With most modern laptops containing lower capacity SSDs, you might need to find other ways to increase free space. Here’s how to delete all old restore points or all but the most recent to gain more room on your drive.

Note: In Windows 10, System Restore is turned off by default, but it’s easy to turn it on. For more, read our article: How to Enable and Create a System Restore Point in Windows 10.

Delete All Old System Restore Points in Windows 10

Click Start and type: system restore and then select Create Restore Point from the results. Alternately, if you added This PC to your desktop, right-click and select Properties from the context menu.


The next step is to click System Protection in the left pane.

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Now select your local drive and click Configure.

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To delete all system restore points choose the Delete button and then Continue on the verification dialog that pops up.


Delete All But the Most Recent Restore Point

You can also save space by deleting all previous restore points except for the last one. To do that, run Disk Cleanup and after it scans your drive, select the More Options tab.

Then under the System Restore and Shadow Copies section click Clean up and then the verification message.

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If you find that you’re deleting restore points a lot, you might want to take a look at our article: Make System Restore in Windows 10 Use Less Disk Space.

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