How to delete all old System Restore Points and Previous versions of files in Windows

Most of us are aware that we can clean all but the most recent System Restore Point, by using the in-built Windows Disk Cleanup utility.

We open the Disk Cleanup utility > Clean up system files > More Options tab > Free more disk space by removing all but the most recent restore point > Click Clean up > Apply/OK.

Delete all old System Restore Points

But if you wish, you can also clean up ALL the old system restore points, along  with system settings and previous versions of files, natively in Windows 10/8/7.

To do so, To do so open Control Panel > System and Security > System and click on System protection.

Next, under Protection Settings, click to select the System Disk and then click Configure.

Here click on ‘Delete all restore points (this includes system settings and previous versions of files).

Click Apply/OK.

That’s it!

system settings and previous versions of files
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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

7 Comments

  1. SupV

    What are the risks involved with this and what benefits will be gained by doing so?

  2. There is nor risk involved in doing it. And no real benefit too. Its just an option which exists should you feel the need to do it some day.

  3. Nilo

    This was really helpful and easy to follow! Thank you, kind sir!

  4. Thank you, I am using Windows 10 Technical Preview and I BELIEVE that this will help me as I am on a VM and allocated a small size 30GB (small today? 🙂 ) and I think this will do the trick, as all updates seem to try to use the previous versions to “fail over” if it doesn’t work! Thank you. I don’t need windows.old if the “update” doesn’t work, I’ll just blow away and start with the ISO 🙂 Thank you again!

  5. Stoney Huff

    In the past (before Windows 7) I sometimes cleared all System Restore points if a security program found a serious issue, but now they should be scanned and cleaned by newer security programs.
    Recently able to do a System Restore to just after installing W-7 SP1 then cleaning it up using this.

  6. Tom

    This worked well. I downloaded PC Speedup from tweakbit, and it said that it found issues slowing my PC. Of course they want me to register (an eventually pay I’m sure) to fix these issues. Anyone know lf a free program that takes care of orphaned Registry entries, etc, and speeds up the PC?

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