How to Delete Backup Files in Windows 10 when Disk Is Full

How to Delete Backup Files in Windows 10 when Disk Is Full
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Backup is essential when using Windows operating system. An effective backup will help quickly recover lost files and minimize loss. But if you have too many backup files saved on computer, you need to delete the older versions to release some disk space.

There are three common seen backup files in Windows:

  • File history
  • Windows backup files
  • Windows.old folder

We will explain how to delete such kind of backup files in Windows 10.

How to delete backup files in Windows 10

How to delete file history

File History is used to save the copy of your computer’s documents, music, pictures, videos, and desktop files.  File History works like time machine and users can revert their files to an earlier state. If you have a lot of files enabled the File History function, a lot of disk space should be taken up also. 

Here is how to delete file history:

Step 1. Go to Control Panel and view all the features listed by small icons. Now you are able to find the File History.

go to File History

Step 2. Next window, go for Advanced settings.

go to the advanced settings of file history

Step 3. Click Clean up versions. Then in the pop-up window, select the time range and confirm the cleanup.

select the file history to clean up

This is a common approach to delete file history. If you are familiar working with CMD, you can also do this in the elevated command prompt window.

Step1. Run CMD as administrator.

Step 2. Now run the following commands on your preference:

  • Delete file history more than 1 month: FhManagew.exe -cleanup 30
  • Delete file history more than 3 months: FhManagew.exe -cleanup 90
  • Delete file history more than 6 months: FhManagew.exe -cleanup 180
  • Delete file history more than 1 year: FhManagew.exe -cleanup 365

How to delete Windows backup files

Without any backup software, Windows backup and Restore (Windows 7) is a good tool to keep your files staying safe.  Like any other backup software, without any automatic disk cleanup plan, you will have tons of backup files accumulated on your drive.

Here is how to delete Windows backup files quickly.

Step 1. Go to Control Panel and then Backup and Restore (Windows 7).

find Backup and Restore (Windows 7)

Step 2. Click the Manage space option.

go to Manage space

Step 3. You will find two options here: View backups & Change settings.

  1. View backups: this option allows you to delete selected/all data file backups. Click a backup period and you will see the Delete option highlighted for further operation.
  2. Change settings: this is most used to determine a way to clear the old system backup images. You can let Windows to keep only the latest system image.
view backups to delete file backup images
click change settings to delete Windows system images

How to delete Windows.old

Windows.old usually appears after Windows 10 upgrade. It can be quite large because it contains a copy of your previous version of Windows. Is it safe to delete Windows.old or not? Windows older is used for Windows rollback. As long as your current Windows version is working properly, you can feel free to delete this folder.

Disk cleanup provides you a good way to delete Windows.old.

Step 1. Go to File Explorer, right click on the C system drive and choose Properties.

Step 2. In the properties window, select Disk Cleanup.

go to C properties and then Disk Cleanup

Step 3. In a minute, Windows will display the items that can be safely deleted to release some disk space. You will be able to find the Previous Windows installation(s) if your Windows comes from upgrading and how much disk space you can get after deleting this folder. Check this item and click OK.

select Previous Windows installation(s) and click OK
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