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Windows 7: System Protection Restore Points - Delete


05 Nov 2008   #19
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
System Protection Restore Points - Delete

How to Delete System Protection Restore Points in Windows 7 and Windows 8

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02 Jun 2010   #20
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Carmine,

Do you have UAC turned off or logged into the built-in Administrator account? If so, that may be why the Clean up system files button is missing to elevate (run as administrator) Disk Cleanup.

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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02 Jun 2010   #21
pacinitaly

windows 7 professional & ultimate 64bit laptops
 
 

UAC is off \\\



thanks Shawn

I'll leave it be
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02 Jun 2010   #22
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Okey doke.
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20 Oct 2010   #23
smoothchat

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 
Any solution yet?

I have the same issue. I diligently created several system images as I was building the machine, now they are redundant and I have deleted the images, however the references remain in System Restore. Has anyone discovered how to remove the redundant entries?

Update:
I created another backup and then deleted all backups via the manage space option in the backup and restore dialog and most of my entries were removed. I had to create and delete on every drive I had previously created a backup on in order clear the list completely.
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28 Dec 2010   #24
chriswchrisw

Win 7 Home Prem 64
 
 

Smootchat, Marsmimar.....I got the same problem, did you ever find a good solution?
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28 Dec 2010   #25
smoothchat

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Hello
chriswchrisw,

Like I said above, I created another backup and then deleted all backups via the manage space option in the backup and restore dialog and most of my entries were removed. I then had to create and delete on every destination drive I had previously created a backup to, in order clear the list completely.

I now use Macrium reflect. Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download

It does an excellent job, it's flexible and it's free. Used it to restore several times now as I tweak my system.
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30 Dec 2010   #26
chriswchrisw

Win 7 Home Prem 64
 
 

smoothchat...OK, thanks. I'm checking out Macrium.
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13 Jan 2011   #27
Barefoot

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Brink, do you know how removing individual restore points affects the system? For example, I've been trying to troubleshoot random AHCI controller errors, so I increased the amount of storage available for system restore so I can restore all the way back to fresh. I boot to Acronis True Image and save images anyway, but I thought I'd try system restore also. A recent install of HDTune Pro has been crashing so I used a system restore point created immediately before installing HDTune Pro. There were a couple restore points created after installing HDTune Pro.

1. Can I delete those restore points created after installing HDTune Pro?

2. Am I correct that they are no longer useful?
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13 Jan 2011   #28
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Barefoot,

Deleting the individual restore points as described in Method Three will have no affect on the system other than you no longer being able to use it anymore to restore back to that date and time.

It's really up to you to decide if the restore point contained anything useful or not though. If you have no plans on restoring back to that date, then I suppose it'll be fine to delete if you like.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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08 Feb 2012   #29
P1nkfloyd

Windows 64bit
 
 

Hi I'm new here,,, I have the problem of NOT being able to delete old restore points, (which I have done before) I tried various things and can report that in System Protection it states that system restore has been disabled by Group Policy.
and I can't seem to turn it on. A restore point of today was available but failed. I am not on a network but have recently installed a Bluetooth dongle, and accessed my web site host via Filezilla ftp program.
My worries are twofold, decreasing disc space and no Restore Points. Any advice on how to turn SR back on and override Group policy would be much appreciated.
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