How can I delete restore points in Windows?

Brian Marienau December 28, 2011
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My mother has a really old computer with a D disk almost full (1.5 mb left). This disk is where restore points are located. Can you delete old system restore points and if so how?

  1. FIDELIS
    December 28, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    Hello, if you want to remove all restore points, the best way is turn off system restore.   To start creating restore points, just turn system restore on again.  This are the instructions for windows XP:

    -- click on windows key + Pause/Break key at same time
    -- on menu, click on system restore tab
    -- check mark turn off system restore
    -- click on apply and then ok

    To turn it back on, just follow the same steps but uncheck the turn off system restore option and then apply and ok. To accomplish this in windows 7, follow the link provided by Mike.

  2. Anonymous
    December 28, 2011 at 3:26 pm
  3. Mike
    December 28, 2011 at 11:25 am


    Delete restore points in Windows 7

    For Windows XP it should be about the same or you can simply:
    1. go "rightclick > Properties" on the disk/partition
    2. click on the "Disk Cleanup" button at the General tab
    3. click on Clean up system files
    4. at the "More Options" tab click the clean up button at "System Restore and Shadow copies"

    To delete individual restore points I suggest to get your hands on CCleaner. Once downloaded and running click on "Tools > System Restore". You will get a list of all restore points and you can select them individually for deletion.