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Delete System Restore Points In Windows 11/10

System Restore Points are a valuable feature in Windows, but managing them effectively is crucial for maintaining system performance and disk space.

System restore points are snapshots of your computer’s configuration and settings that Windows creates automatically. They can be useful for troubleshooting problems or restoring your system to a previous state in case of issues or errors. However, over time, these restore points can accumulate and occupy valuable disk space and potentially impact system performance. Therefore, knowing how to manage and delete them is crucial for maintaining optimal system performance. This article explores, how to delete System Restore Points on Windows 10 and Windows 11.

WARNING: While deleting restore points is safe, remember that you won’t be able to restore your PC to an earlier date. We suggest you delete all restore points only when your PC is running out of disk space.

Delete Old System Restore Points In Windows 10

System Restore Points offer valuable protection against system errors and software conflicts, they can also impact system performance if not managed effectively. Deleting unnecessary restore points can help free up disk space, reduce disk fragmentation, and improve overall system responsiveness.

Delete all restore points in Windows 10

This is the most straightforward way to delete old system restore points and free up disk space. By accessing System Protection settings, you can easily remove all existing restore points associated with a specific drive. This method ensures a comprehensive cleanup of all restore points, optimizing disk space usage and improving system performance.

  • Open the System Properties window by searching for “Create a restore point” and selecting the corresponding result.
  • In the System Properties window, click on the “Configure” button under the System Protection tab.
  • Select the specific drive (local disk) for which you want to delete restore points and click on the “Delete” button.
  • Confirm your decision in the prompt that appears.

Confirm to Delete all System Restore points

After deleting all Old restore points, we recommend To create a new restore point so that you can restore your PC to the current date if and when required.

Delete Restore Point Using Disk Cleanup

Utilizing the built-in Disk Cleanup utility provides an efficient way to not only remove old restore points but also clean up other system files like Windows Error Reporting and Windows Update files. By selecting the appropriate options in Disk Cleanup, you can perform a thorough system cleanup, reclaiming valuable disk space and enhancing system stability.

  • Press the Windows key + E to open File Explorer, then select This PC
  • Now right-click on system drive (C: drive) select properties,
  • Move to the General tab then click on Disk Cleanup.
  • In the Disk Cleanup dialog, click on the “Clean up system files” button.

Cleanup System Files On Disk Cleaner

  • Now Move to the More Options Tab and Click on Clean Up Under System Restore and Shadow Copies As shown in the Bellow image.

Clean System Restore and Shadow Copies

Deleting a particular Restore Point

Also, Windows allows you to delete a particular restore point using the Vssadmin.exe console tool. For this, you must have to open the Command prompt as administrator Then Type vssadmin list shadows and hit the enter key. This will display all available restore points lists.

command to list all available Restore point list

Now To delete a specific restore point, Copy The Shadow copy ID, Then type the following command:
vssadmin delete shadows /Shadow={shadow copy ID}

Here Replace {shadow copy ID} portion with the appropriate value that you copied previously.

vssadmin delete shadows /Shadow={a60b1082-8e7e-4bf3-bc60-0acc331ead32}

Delete System Restore point using CCleaner

Third-party tools provide a user-friendly interface for users who prefer a more intuitive approach to system maintenance. These tools often come with advanced features, allowing for granular control over the cleanup process.

  • Numerous third-party tools are available for managing System Restore Points, such as CCleaner.
  • Third-party tools often provide additional features, such as more granular control over which restore points to delete and advanced disk cleanup options.
  • These tools can offer a user-friendly interface and automate the process, making it easier for users who are not comfortable with command-line or manual settings.

Simply Download & install CCleaner then Open The application and navigate to “Tools -> System Restore.” Here you can select and delete any individual restore points as needed.

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