How to Delete the System Restore Points in Windows 7


Running out of hard disk space even after clearing out the temporary folder and other junk files? You may consider lowering the disk space allotted to System Restore, or delete the System Restore snapshots which includes previous versions of files. Upgrading the hard disk is the ultimate solution though.

Cleaning up the System Protection points may sometimes be necessary during malware removal.

Deleting all System Protection Points

1. Click Start, right-click (My) Computer and click Properties

2. Click System protection link in the left pane

3. In the System Protection options, select a drive-letter and click Configure

4. Click Delete, and click Continue when prompted.

5. Click OK, OK.

Deleting all but the most recent System Protection point

1. Click Start, type Cleanmgr.exe and press ENTER

2. Select the drive-letter from the list and click OK

3. Click Clean up system files

This restarts Disk Cleanup to run in elevated mode.

4. Select the drive-letter from the list and click OK

5. Click the More Options tab

6. Click the Clean up… button under System Restore and Shadow Copies.

7. Click OK.


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10 Comments

  1. Panayiotis
    said this on Wednesday, January 9th 2013 9:13 pm

    Open System by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, right-clicking Computer, and then clicking Properties.

    In the left pane, click System protection. Administrator permission required If you’re prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

    Under Protection Settings, click Configure.

    Under Disk Space Usage, click Delete.

    Click Continue, and then click OK.

  2. Win7Fan
    said this on Sunday, January 30th 2011 9:08 pm

    To Lucas: I think it’s because it deletes them from C: not D:

  3. Lucas
    said this on Wednesday, January 19th 2011 12:52 am

    Useless…
    All the RP# are still there.
    Can’t even delete them manually.

    D:\System Volume Information\_restore{2E94EBD8-BC0C-4BB2-AABF-B2FB83106175}\

  4. Snow
    said this on Sunday, January 9th 2011 7:40 am

    Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It saved me 97 GB!!!!! :D (I have a 1000 GB hd)

  5. Lucas
    said this on Sunday, January 9th 2011 4:49 am

    Didn’t delete anything
    The RP# are still there, consuming 1 GB.

  6. arcanedevice
    said this on Wednesday, September 22nd 2010 2:15 pm

    Cheers! Saved me 3GB on my VM…

  7. santosh
    said this on Monday, September 13th 2010 7:41 pm

    thanks i freed 4gb of myhd

  8. steve
    said this on Sunday, September 12th 2010 5:29 am

    I just freed up almost 500 gb of my 1tb drive. Thank you, I was going nuts trying to figure out where all my hard drive went!

  9. Mary
    said this on Tuesday, August 31st 2010 4:56 pm

    Perfect! Thanks much.

  10. Broljo
    said this on Friday, March 12th 2010 3:24 pm

    Thanks, it freed 6 gig’s of my hard drive :)

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