Ways to Delete Windows 7 Backup [Updated 2022]

Daisy updated on Sep 19, 2022 to Knowledge Center

To avoid accidental data loss, you back up your computer data from time to time. However, you will find your computer runs slower and slower after a while. How does this happen? What causes it? It is the accumulated backup files that make your computer slow. You need to delete unnecessary Windows 7 Registry backups on your computer to guarantee that there is always enough space for your computer operation.

This article will provide a complete guide on how to delete Windows 7 backups on your computer. Just read through and follow the guide.

Why Delete Windows 7 Backup

You may be curious about why you need to delete your Windows 7 backup. Backup is a method to avoid data loss. But a computer cannot always backup files for its limited computer storage space. If backup files and folders have taken up too much freedom of a computer, the computer will run slower. So, it is necessary to delete Windows 7 backups on your computer. You can also achieve the goal of freeing up space on your computer by setting scheduled backup deletion. Read through the article, and we will guide you on how to delete Windows 7 backups and set scheduled backup deletions on your computer.

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Delete Windows 7 Backup Manually

Now you have checked whether you need to delete Windows 7 backup or not. If you need to delete Windows 7 backup, here we will provide two manual ways to help you delete Windows 7 backup on your computer.

Method 1. Delete Windows 7 Backup with Control Panel

First, this way is to use the control panel to delete Windows 7 backup on your computer. Follow the steps below.

Step 1. Click "Start" and type Control Panel in the search box. Open Control Panel.

Step 2. Go to "System and Security." Choose "Backup and restore."

Step 3. Click "Manage Space." Then choose "View backups." The backup on your computer will appear in a window.

manage space

Step 4. Choose the specific backup file you want to delete and then click "Delete." After this, you have succeeded in Windows 7 backup deletion.

Choose the specific backup file

The method above is to delete Windows 7 backup manually. Here we will provide a guide on how to delete Windows 7 backup automatically by changing backup settings. Just follow the steps below.

Step 1. Click "Start" and type Control Panel in the search box. Open Control Panel.

Step 2. Go to "System and Security." Choose "Backup and restore."

Step 3. Click "Change Settings" under "System image."

change settings

Step 4. Choose "Keep only the latest system image and minimize space used by backup."

Keep only the latest system image and minimize space used by backup

Step 5. Choose "OK." You have managed to change the system image settings.

Method 2. Delete Windows 7 Backup with File History

Another way to delete Windows 7 backup manually is File History. The step-by-step guide is below; you can follow the guide to delete Windows 7 backups on your computer.

Step 1. Click "Start" and type File History in the search box. Open "File History."

Step 2. Choose "Advanced settings" from the left bar.

Advanced settings

Step 3. Select "Clean up versions." Then choose a way to delete the backup files and folders. You have managed to delete the Windows 7 backup on your computer. 

Clean up versions

FAQs about Delete Windows 7 Backup

Here we have collected several hot topics about deleting Windows 7 backup on the Internet. You can check the questions below and find the answers yourself.

1. Where are Windows 7 backups stored?

The Windows 7 backup files and folders are stored in "System Volume Information." It is a locked folder that requires the administrator's permission to access it.

2. How do I erase all files on Windows 7?

  • Step 1. Press the "Shift" button when powering on your computer. Then you will boot into WinPE.
  • Step 2. Select "Troubleshooting" and click on "Reset this PC."
  • Step 3. A window pops out, letting you choose "Keep my files" or "Remove everything."
  • Step 4. Click "Remove everything," and the computer will erase your files on Windows 7.

3. Should I delete Windows backup files?

Yes, Windows backup deletion is necessary, and it is a way to free up your computer space.

Wrap Up

In this post, we have told you why you need to delete Windows 7 backups on your computer. We have also provided a guide to help you delete Windows 7 backup manually and automatically. I hope this article helps you a lot. Thanks for reading!

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