How to delete Backup files in Windows 10

More and more users are reporting a strange failure. The computer’s hard drive appears to be completely full when it should still have plenty of space. What usually happens is that the backup files in Windows are increasing more and more and leaving little space for storage. In this article you will learn to delete backup files in Windows 10, this way you will leave free space to work on your computer.

What are the advantages of deleting backup in Windows 10

As we told you before, if you have a lot of time using the same computer, chances are that your backup files or data are increasing and taking up more space than appropriate.

Another frequent problem is that the operating system files from the previous version continue to be kept on your computer when updating Windows. Therefore, you will have all the backups that you had before switching to the Windows 10 operating system.

As you can see these files or backups begin to take more and more space.

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To ensure the system runs smoothly you cannot have your hard drive full with old backup files.

Also if you don’t update and delete old backups you won’t be able to make room for new ones , which are really the ones that interest you the most.

In conclusion you need to keep your backup files fresh and uncovered. It will benefit not only the space on your hard drive, but also the work capacity of your operating system.

To delete the backups in Windows 10 the process is quite simple, you just have to follow the steps shown below. At the end of the article you will find a video in which you can also do the tutorial.

Without further ado we present you the step-by-step guide to delete backups in Windows 10:

How to delete backups, step by step

Your security file history supports copies of documents, music, images and videos. These files are kept to recover them in case they are lost or damaged, but with the passage of time and especially after updating the operating system they begin to occupy a space to spare.

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Just as your operating system has the ability to store backup copies, you can also delete them.

There are two methods to remove backups in Windows 10. We have both tried them and know they work.

Method 1 to delete backups in Windows:

For this method we will use the “file history” of your operating system.

First go to the control panel, then click on system and security, finally open the folder that is fifth in the list, it is called “File History”.

 how to delete backup windows 10

Once inside the folder, look to the left for the advanced settings menu. If you can’t see the menu, enlarge the window.

Being in the advanced settings click and “clean up versions” . This option will be at the bottom right in the list, below the versions.

Clicking will open a window like the following:

In it you will have to choose how old are the files that you will delete. For example, you can delete absolutely all the files except the last one, or you can decide to delete those that are more than a year old on your computer.

To complete the process you just have to click on an option and click on the button that says “clean up” Voila! It wasn’t that difficult, was it?

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Method 2 to delete the backup in Windows:

As always in We Talk About Gamers we offer you slightly more complex alternative options. This is the “hacker” way to delete the backup, it will be very useful for you to do it on a friend’s computer and look like a crack.

In this method we will use the CMD, to open it you can use the Windows + X control, or write CMD in the search engine.

The rest of the job is to just copy the following commands depending on the time period in which you want to delete the backup files:

All except the last

  • FhManagew.exe -cleanup 0
  • FhManagew.exe -cleanup 0 -quiet

More than 1 month old

  • FhManagew.exe -cleanup 30
  • FhManagew.exe -cleanup 30 -quiet

More than 3 months old

  • FhManagew.exe -cleanup 90
  • FhManagew.exe -cleanup 90 -quiet

More than 6 months old

  • FhManagew.exe -cleanup 180
  • FhManagew.exe -cleanup 180 -quiet

More than 1 year old

  • FhManagew.exe -cleanup 365
  • FhManagew.exe -cleanup 365 -quiet

What did you think of this article? Which method will you use to delete backup files in Windows 10.


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