Deleting All Restore Points

by Barry Dysert
(last updated May 16, 2016)

1

System restore points can consume many gigabytes of storage on your hard drive, depending on its size. If you're temporarily limited by hard-drive space, you may want to delete all the restore points to free up some room. This should only be considered a temporary measure, however, because restore points will get created again, and you'll be back to the same situation.

To delete all restore points, start System Protection. Use Windows' built-in search capabilities to look for "restore point," without the quote marks. In the search results you should see a result for "create a restore point." Select this result and Windows displays the System Protection tab of the System Properties dialog box. (No, you aren't creating a restore point, but this is the fastest way to display the System Protection dialog box across all applicable versions of Windows.) (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. The System Protection tab of the System Properties dialog box.

Select the drive whose restore points you want to delete and click Configure. Windows displays the System Protection dialog box for the drive you selected. (See Figure 2.)

Figure 2. The System Protection dialog box (for a specific drive).

Click the Delete button and you are prompted to ensure you really want to delete the restore points associated with the disk drive. Click Continue to delete them or click Cancel to back out of the delete operation. Then OK your way out.

 This tip (11295) applies to Windows 7, 8, and 10.

Author Bio

Barry Dysert

Barry has been a computer professional for over 35 years, working in different positions such as technical team leader, project manager, and software developer. He is currently a software engineer with an emphasis on developing custom applications under Microsoft Windows. When not working with Windows or writing Tips, Barry is an amateur writer. His first non-fiction book is titled "A Chronological Commentary of Revelation." ...

MORE FROM BARRY

Changing the Size of Icons Used by Windows

Microsoft Windows can be highly personalized to suit your needs. This personalization includes the ability to change the ...

Discover More

Mapping a Network Drive

You can create a mapping relationship between a network folder and a drive letter so that it's easy to access the folder ...

Discover More

Improve Performance by Turning Off 3D Effects

Windows does a lot of nuancing to provide the user with a pleasing visual experience. All this attention to detail, ...

Discover More
More WindowsTips

Tips for Using USB Drives

USB drives are very useful for storing and transferring data. This tip provides some useful guidance in dealing with USB ...

Discover More

Creating a System Restore Point

System restore points are created automatically at strategic times in the operation of your computer. You can also ...

Discover More

Differences between Hibernate and Sleep

If you want to conserve energy or preserve your laptop's battery life, you should know about hibernate and sleep. There ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WindowsTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is one more than 2?

2016-05-17 11:09:02

Marion

I followed the instructions for deleting old restore points and did so. But then I found that programs that automatically create restore points, such as certain antimalware programs, would not work because they could not create a restore point. I also could not create one manually. I kept being told "Access is Denied" when I tried. My advice, be very weary when using this tip.


Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WindowsTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.