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How to Delete Old Backup Files in Windows 10

This post will show you how to use File History Cleanup to delete older backed up versions of files and folders for your account in Windows 10. you how to delete backup files in Windows 10. The guide covers steps for 2 methods to delete backup files in Windows 10.

Method 1: Delete Old Backup Files Using File History Cleanup

Step 1: Open Control Panel, click System & Security, then click on File History icon.

save backup copies of your files with file history

Step 2: Click on the Advanced settings link on the left side.

click advanced settings

Step 3: Then click on the Clean up versions link in the Versions section.

clean up versions

Step 4: Select the time period of versions you want to delete, and then click on Clean up.

file history cleanup

Step 5: If the cleanup completed successfully, click on OK.

Method 2: Delete Old Backup Files Using Command Prompt

You can select to save backups to an internal hard drive, externally connected drive (USB drive), or you can save to a drive on a network in Control Panel.

Step 1: Press Win + X keys to open a Command Prompt.

command prompt

Step 2: Execute the following command for the time period of versions you want to delete, and press Enter key.

All but the latest one

  • FhManagew.exe -cleanup 0
  • FhManagew.exe -cleanup 0 -quiet

Older than 1 month

  • FhManagew.exe -cleanup 30
  • FhManagew.exe -cleanup 30 -quiet

Older than 3 month

  • FhManagew.exe -cleanup 90
  • FhManagew.exe -cleanup 90 -quiet

Older than 6 month

  • FhManagew.exe -cleanup 180
  • FhManagew.exe -cleanup 180 -quiet

Older than 1 year (default)

  • FhManagew.exe -cleanup 365
  • FhManagew.exe -cleanup 365 -quiet

execute old backups deleting command

Or with -quiet command

delete old backups using command

Step 3: If it didn't find any versions of your files that were that old, click on Close, and repeat Step 2 above using a shorter time period if you like.

cannot find any versionsof files

Step 4: If the cleanup completed successfully, click on OK.

clean up successfully