How to delete a Windows restore point

Updated: 11/16/2019 by Computer Hope
Windows system restore illustration

A restore point can be quite helpful in that it allows users to correct issues in Windows by reverting back to an earlier version. If you encounter problems after an installation or update, the restore point can roll back the operating system to a previous, functional state.

However, restore points can take up a significant amount of disk space. If your computer is in a good state and need to free up disk space, choose your version of Windows below and follow the instructions to delete a restore point.

Delete a restore point in Windows 7, 8, and 10

  1. Press the Windows key, type Delete a restore point, and press Enter.
  2. In the System Properties window, under the System Protection tab, select the drive that has protection, and then click the Configure button.

System properties configure

  1. On the next prompt, click the Delete button.

System properties delete

  1. Click Continue.

Contine with restore point deletion

  1. You should see a prompt confirming that the restore points have been deleted.

Deletion confirmation

Delete a restore point in Windows XP and Vista

  1. Click the Start orb (button), find Computer (or My Computer) in the Start menu, right-click with your mouse and select Properties.
  2. Click on the Disk Cleanup button.
  3. Click Files from All Users on This Computer.
  4. Select the More Options tab.
  5. At the bottom, under System Restore and Shadow Copies, click the Clean Up button.
  6. Select Delete, and click OK.