How to clean up old restore points

By | June 21, 2014
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Disk Cleanup can be used to remove all but the most recent Restore Point.  Do this only if your computer is running normally and you’re having no problems. If you are having problems you shouldn’t clear old restore points because you may have to go back to an earlier restore point. Restore points take up a lot of disk space, so if your computer is running well, there’s not much sense in keeping a dozen restore points. One or two recent restore points should be plenty.  If your computer isn’t running well, and hasn’t been running well, don’t remove any old restore points.

This tip is for Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 (32 and 64bit).

Here’s how to remove old system restore points using Windows XP Disk Cleanup:

– Click Start then Run and type Cleanmgr then press enter
– Select the drive where Windows is installed (normally C:\ )and press OK
– Click on the More Options tab (see image under Vista instructions (below). Windows XP’s dialog is very similar.
– Click on Cleanup under System Restore

Here’s how to remove old system restore points in Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8x:

– Press & hold down the Windows key and press the “R” key
– Type CLEANMGR in the Run dialog and press Enter.
– Select Files from All Users on this computer option.
– Click OK on Disk Space Cleanup Manager for Windows User Access Control permission request dialog.
– Choose a drive letter from the drop down list, and press OK.
– Disk Cleanup will perform calculation to determine how much space it can free. Once done, click on More Options tab.
– Under the section of System Restore and Shadow Copies, click on Clean up… button.

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– Click on Delete button when Windows asks whether are you sure you want to delete all but the most recent restore point.
– Disk Cleanup will erase all old restore points or files -except for the most recent restore point.

2 thoughts on “How to clean up old restore points

  1. John

    I’ve always questioned Microsoft’s basically “all or nothing” approach to restore point cleanup. Is there something out there that lets you selectively delete restore points? It’d be nice to be able to keep, say, the three most recent ones, and erase the rest.

  2. Max

    Cloudeight has recommended in the past a program called Restore Point Creator. It’s a very good program for managing restore points. I’ve been using it for a couple of years now. You can create restore points and delete selected restore points. Although I’m sure it utilizes Windows restore point program, Restore Point Creator has a much more intuitive and capable interface. You can also set a schedule for automatic restore point creation. I’m grateful that Cloudeight recommend this program and hope they still do. I’ll let Cloudeight post the link if they still recommend this. Maybe they’ve found something even better.


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