How to Delete a Restore Point in Windows 11

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This post shows students and new users steps to delete a restore point in Windows 11. A restore point can be quite useful in situations where you’ll want to revert to an earlier version to correct issues in Windows.

If you encounter a problem in Windows for whatever reason, a restore point can roll back the operating system to a previous, functional state. This can be a lifesaver especially if the issues can not be fixed or easily resolved.

In that case, you can restore a computer to a specific date and time, saving tons of work and money to get your computer working again.

With that said, restore points can also take up a significant amount of disk space. If your computer is in good state and you’re running low on disk space, you can delete Windows restore points to free up some disk space.

Deleting restore points to free up disk space is probably not recommended and something you don’t want to do. You better off adding additional storage to increase the disk size than deleting restore points which are important when you need to restore your computer.

If you can’t add more storage and you’re fine with deleting Windows restore points, then simply use the steps below to do so.

How to delete restore points in Windows 11

As mentioned above, a restore point can be a lifesaver in situations where you’d want to restore Windows to an earlier version to correct issues.

Without a restore point, you may have to reset or reinstall Windows.

To delete a repoint in Windows, follow these steps:

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from its System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

windows 11 start settings

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click System, select the About tile on the right pane of your screen as shown in the image below.

windows 11 about

On the About settings pane, click on the System protection link as highlighted below.

windows 11 system protection link

On the System Protection properties window, click on Configure to bring up Windows restore point settings window.

windows 11 restore point configure button

On the System Protection for Local Disk (C:) window, use the slider to adjust the amount of storage to use for repoints. If you’re running low on the local disk, simply reduce the amount of space being used.

If that’s not enough, you can delete all restore points by clicking the Delete button.

windows 11 delete restore points button

When prompted, click the Continue button.

delete restore point confirmation

You should see a prompt confirming that the restore points are deleted.

restore point delete confirmation

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to delete a restore point in Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

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