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Windows 7: Backup User and System Files - Delete Backups

20 Nov 2008   #9
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
Backup User and System Files - Delete Backups

How to Delete Windows 7 User Data and System Image Backup Files

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20 Oct 2010   #10
smoothchat

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

hmm, the browse button opens an exlporer window but navigating to another disk doesn't change the backup location on the backup dialog box

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20 Oct 2010   #11
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Smoothchat, and welcome to Seven Forums.

That will only give you the option to select a backup location if there was not already a backup location displayed above the browse link.
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26 Mar 2011   #12
chriswchrisw

Win 7 Home Prem 64
 
 

Brink...How do I delete the System Image Restore Point entries from the "catalog" (see attached, the "show more restore points" box must be checked to see them)? The images themselves were deleted from my ext backup HD long ago. The Automatic Restore Points behave normally, and drop off/are deleted in the usual ways. The SIRPs appear to be permanent entries, is it supposed to be that way? Thnx


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26 Mar 2011   #13
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Chris,

Using OPTION THREE in the tutorial below may be able to allow you to delete them.

System Protection Restore Points - Delete
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26 Mar 2011   #14
chriswchrisw

Win 7 Home Prem 64
 
 

Brink...nope, they don't even show (ie, not listed) in CCleaner. I've been bringing this up with knowledgeable people (like you) around the Internet, all the usual ways to delete regular SR points (incl CCleaner) don't work. I can't even find them in the registry, it may just be a bug in Windows 7. Thnx
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26 Mar 2011   #15
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You could try resetting backup to see if that may delete them. If not, then using OPTION ONE in the tutorial below to delete all restore points for the C: (Windows 7) drive will.

System Protection Restore Points - Delete
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26 Mar 2011   #16
chriswchrisw

Win 7 Home Prem 64
 
 

Brink........neither of your suggestions deletes the SIRPs, nor does Option Two. It deletes the regular ("automatic") SR points, but not SIRPs. See why I'm frustrated? The only thing I've learned is to delete the existing backup image (on the ext HD) with "Manage Space" BEFORE I create a new one....that will delete the SIRP of the existing image. If I forget and make a new image (which overwrites the older existing image), then the SIRP of the older image can never be removed. Thnx.
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26 Mar 2011   #17
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

They are stubborn. See if turning off system protection for the C: drive to hopefully wipe them out, then turn system protection back on.
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26 Mar 2011   #18
chriswchrisw

Win 7 Home Prem 64
 
 

Brink.....nope. I still think the clue is in the fact that the "permanent" SIRPs had their images removed by overwrite, not Manage Space.
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14 Jun 2012   #19
monkeylove

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

According to this thread:

Windows 7 backup file management.

the program will not automatically delete older file backups. Instead, the OS will notify you that the storage space is full and that you need to delete older file sets.
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