Delete system restore files - a good idea ?

Delete system restore files ? Why would you want to do that ? Find out on this page of our Windows XP tips and tricks.

System restore tracks changes to your computer at all times. You can think of it as a kind of "undo" at system level. It can save the day, because it remembers the shape your computer was in yesterday. Or the day before yesterday, or before that, or ...

How does it remember all that ?

It has to store this information somewhere. Where does all this data go ?

Exactly, on your hard disk.

Not that storage is so expensive these days, but there may be situations where you just need some extra storage on your hard disk or where you want to clean out what isn't needed. After all, YOU should be the one who decides what to do with your hard disk real estate, not the computer.

That would be an opportunity to delete system restore files.

Another reason could be that you manually created a restore point and you are absolutely positive that this is the only restore point that you will ever need. It could be that you just don't see any reason why you should be able to "roll back" your computer any further than your latest restore point.

You might as well delete system restore points that are older than the last one and reassign the freed-up disk space to some project with a higher entertainment factor.

But how do you go about it ?

Click Start->All Programs->Accessories->System Tools->Disk Cleanup

Windows shows the disk cleanup "select drive" dialog. That is, if you have more than one disk.

Delete System Restore files

Select the c: drive and click ok. Windows calculates how much storage you will be able to free up using different options. This may take a while...

Delete System Restore files

When Windows has made its calculations, it comes up with the "Disk Cleanup" dialog.

Delete System Restore files

Click the "More Options" tab and then click the "clean up" button in the System Restore part of the window.

Window wants to know if you are sure :

Delete System Restore files

Click yes to reclaim your disk space.

Of course, during the following days and weeks that you use your computer, Windows will continue to create restore points at certain intervals, so you might want to repeat these steps from time to time. Keep in mind that when you do this, you always only keep the most recent restore point.

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