Free up disk space by deleting previous System Images and Backups in Windows 10

The Windows operating system includes a feature that allows you to backup your data files and the System Image regularly. While this is a very useful feature, you may at times find that it is consuming a lot of disk space. If you are constrained for disk space, you can free up disk space by deleting previous System Images and Data File backups in Windows 10. Let us see how you can do this.

Delete System Images and Backups

Open Control Panel and navigate to Backup and Restore (Windows 7) applet. Click on Manage space.

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The following Manage Windows Backup disk space setting will open. Here you can click on the View backups button.

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This will allow you to view all your Data File backups, and delete the backups you do not need.

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Next under System image, you may click on the Change settings button.

Now when here, you will see the following options:

  1. Let Windows manage the space used for backup history
  2. Keep only the latest system image and minimize space used by backup.

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The 1st option is the default one. Select the former or 2nd option. This will delete your earlier system images and keep only the latest System Image, thereby resulting in saving of disk space. Now henceforth, only one, and that is the latest System Image will be saved.

Hope you find this small tip useful.

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