Before making any significant changes to your Windows 10 system, it’s always wise to create a System Restore Point. However, a good chunk of space is reserved for restore points. If your PC has an SSD with limited space, you might want to free up some by lowering the amount of space reserved for them.
One thing you’ll want to do is verify System Restore is enabled as it’s disabled by default. For more on that, read our article on how to enable and create a Windows 10 system restore point.
Reduce Disk Space Used by System Restore in Windows 10
Use the keyboard shortcut Windows Key+R to launch the Run dialog and type: sysdm.cpl and hit Enter.
With the System Properties window opens, select the System Protection tab. Under Protection Settings select your local drive and then click the Configure button.
Now under the Disk Space Usage section slide the Max Usage slider to the percentage of space you want to use.
Keep in mind that when you lower the amount of space, older restore points will be deleted.
Of course, if you want to disable system restore and not use any space, just select to disable system protection. Again, it’s turned off by default.
Windows 10 includes new ways to restore your system with tools like Reset this PC. But, if you’re having a problem after installing an update or making a change to the registry, restoring to a particular point is usually the easier method.
If you’re running an older version of Windows, read our guide: Reduce Hard Disk Space Used by Windows System Restore.
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