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How to Delete a System Restore Point in Windows 10

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. For some reason, you may need to delete a specific and all system restore points for drives in Windows 10, this guide describes 2 easy ways to do that:

How to delete system restore point via Disk Cleanup tool

Step 1: Run Disk Cleanup tool.

Press Windows logo key on the keyboard, input disk cleanup into the Search box, then hit Enter key.

Open Disk Cleanup tool

Step 2: Select drives that you want to clean for. Then click OK.

Select drive you will clean for

Step 3: Then click Clean up system file button.

Clean up system file

Step 4: Next, select More Options tab, then click Clean up under System Restore and Shadow Copies.

Clean up

Step 5: Click Delete to confirm. That's all.

Delete restore point

How to delete all system restore point in System Protection Settings

Step 1: Open System Properties.

Press Windows logo key to focus on the Search box, type in system protection, then hit Enter key.

Open System Protection Settings

Step 2: After the System Properties dialog opens, in System Protection tab. Under the Protection Settings section, select the Local disk, click Configure.

Configure Restore Settings

Step 3: Select a restore point that you want to delete, then click Delete.

Delete all system restore point

Click on Continue to confirm.

Click Continue to confirm

Step 4: After the system restore points deleted successfully, click Close.

You will find that the Current Usage of the selected drive will now be 0 bytes. If your PC is running low on storage, you may want to adjust the maximum disk space used for system protection. As space fills up, older restore points will automatically be deleted to make room for new ones.

Reduce the max usage for System protection