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How to Delete System Restore Points in Windows 10

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System protection is a feature that regularly creates and saves information about your computer's system files and settings. System protection also saves previous versions of files that you've modified. It saves these files in restore points, which are created just before significant system events, such as the installation of a program or device driver. They're also created automatically once every seven days if no other restore points were created in the last 24 hours, but you can create restore points manually at any time.

This tutorial will show you how to delete all or specific system restore points for drives in Windows 10.

You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to delete a system restore point.

Note   Note
Restore points are stored in the hidden protected OS System Volume Information folder in the root directory of each drive you have system protection turned on.

The options in this tutorial will not delete a System Image Restore Point that is created when you create a system image.
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CONTENTS:
  • Option One: To Delete System Restore Points for Drive in System Protection Settings
  • Option Two: To Delete System Restore Points in Disk Cleanup
  • Option Three: To Delete System Restore Points in Command Prompt
  • Option Four: To Delete System Restore Points in CCleaner






System Restore Points - Delete in Windows 10 OPTION ONE System Restore Points - Delete in Windows 10
To Delete System Restore Points for Drive in System Protection Settings

1. Do step 2, step 3, or step 4 below for how you would like to open System.

2. Open the Win+X Quick Link menu, click/tap on System, and go to step 5 below.

3. Open the Control Panel (icons view), click/tap on the System icon, and go to step 5 below.

4. Open the Control Panel (icons view), click/tap on the Recovery icon, click/tap on the Configure System Restore link, and go to step 6 below. (see screenshot below)

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5. Click/tap on the System protection link on the left side. (see screenshot below)

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6. If prompted by UAC, click/tap on Yes.

7. Under Protection Settings, select a drive (ex: C: ) that you want to delete all restore points from, and click/tap on the Configure button. (see screenshot below)

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8. Click/tap on Delete. (see screenshots below)

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9. Click/tap on Continue to confirm. (see screenshot below)

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10. Click/tap on Close when finished. (see screenshot below)

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11. You will notice that the Current Usage of the selected drive will now be 0 bytes. (see screenshots below)

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System Restore Points - Delete in Windows 10 OPTION TWO System Restore Points - Delete in Windows 10
To Delete System Restore Points in Disk Cleanup

Note   Note
This option will remove all but the most recent restore point.


1. Use step 7 in OPTION ONE of the tutorial below to delete restore points from a selected disk.

How to Open and Use Disk Cleanup in Windows 10

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System Restore Points - Delete in Windows 10 OPTION THREE System Restore Points - Delete in Windows 10
To Delete System Restore Points in Command Prompt

1. Open an elevated command prompt.

2. Copy and paste the command below in the elevated command prompt, and press Enter.
Note   Note
This will list all shadow copies (restore points) on all drives. You will see the volume drive letter and shadow copy ID number for each one.

You will need this information for the steps below.


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3. Do step 4 (all), step 5 (all on drive), step 6 (oldest on drive), or step 7 (shadow copy ID) below for how you would like to delete restore points.


 4. To Delete All Restore Points on All Drives

A) Copy and paste the command below you want to use in the elevated command prompt, press Enter, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below)

(Prompts Y/N to confirm before deleting)
vssadmin delete shadows /all

OR

(Delete without prompting)
vssadmin delete shadows /all /quiet

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 5. To Delete All Restore Points on Specific Drive

A) Type the command below you want to use in the elevated command prompt, press Enter, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshots below)

(Prompts Y/N to confirm before deleting)
vssadmin delete shadows /For=(drive letter): /all

OR

(Delete without prompting)
vssadmin delete shadows /For=(drive letter): /all /quiet

Note   Note
Substitute (drive letter) in the commands above with the drive letter you want. This will be listed as Original Volume: (x: ) from step 2 above.

For example:

vssadmin delete shadows /For=C: /all

OR

vssadmin delete shadows /For=C: /all /quiet


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 6. To Delete Oldest Restore Point on Specific Drive

A) Type the command below you want to use in the elevated command prompt, press Enter, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshots below)

(Prompts Y/N to confirm before deleting)
vssadmin delete shadows /For=(drive letter): /oldest

OR

(Delete without prompting)
vssadmin delete shadows /For=(drive letter): /oldest /quiet

Note   Note
Substitute (drive letter) in the commands above with the drive letter you want. This will be listed as Original Volume: (x: ) from step 2 above.

For example:

vssadmin delete shadows /For=C: /oldest

OR

vssadmin delete shadows /For=C: /oldest /quiet


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 7. To Delete Specific Restore Point using Shadow Copy ID

A) Type the command below in the elevated command prompt, press Enter, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below)

vssadmin delete shadows /Shadow={Shadow Copy ID}

Note   Note
Substitute Shadow Copy ID in the commands above with the actual Shadow Copy ID number of the restore point you want to delete from step 2 above.

For example:

vssadmin delete shadows /Shadow={3e351030-9ebd-428c-9ff3-86dca40a7f96}


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8. When finished, you can close the elevated command prompt if you like.






System Restore Points - Delete in Windows 10 OPTION FOUR System Restore Points - Delete in Windows 10
To Delete System Restore Points in CCleaner

Note   Note
This option will remove all but the most recent restore point.


1. If you have not already, download and install the free CCleaner program.

2. Open CCleaner.

3. Click/tap on Tools on the left side, and click/tap on System Restore in the Tools menu. (see screenshot below step 4)

4. Select one or more listed restore points, and click/tap on Remove. (see screenshot below)
Note   Note
You can press and hold the CTRL key and click/tap on restore points to be able to select more than one randomly.


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5. Click/tap on OK to confirm. (see screenshot below)

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6. When finished, you can close CCleaner if you like.



That's it,
Shawn