How to delete backup files in Windows 10

Windows 10 is now far better when we talk about windows backups. So as we don’t have regular backups in older windows versions but as we know in newer windows trying to make it more suitable for users by providing a built-in file backup system.

After a certain time this we get lots of unusable trash in our windows and after some time it starts using your system space which obviously no one wants. If you want to know How to delete backup files on Windows 10, this blog will really help you.

What is Windows?

Windows 10 is a series of operating systems that are developed by Microsoft and it was released as a part of its Windows NT family of operating systems.

It is the successor of Windows 8.1 in the series. This was broadly released for the general public on 29 July 2015. This version received mostly all the positive reviews for its original release (that of the desktop-oriented interface). Critics praised the desktop-oriented interface of the version in line with the previous one.

They also praised the improvements to bundled software of Windows 10, than that of Windows 8.1.  Xbox Live integration, as well as the functionality and capabilities of the Cortana personal assistant and the replacement of Internet Explorer with Edge.

The company aimed to have Windows 10 installed on over a billion devices within 3 years of timespan in the beginning, but it took almost 5 years that on 16 March 2020 to reach the goal. Now as of November 2020, it is estimated that Windows 10 is running on 77% of Windows PC. Added on 59% PCs all over (including Mac/Linux), and 28% of all the devices (including mobiles, tablets, and console).


What is the need to delete the backup files in the storage??

This is because, with time and usage of PC, the disk inside is getting full because of increasing data and backup file on your device leading to inefficiency in the working of the device, device getting hanged and so others alike.


Now how do we have to do this and get rid of problems waiting ahead for us??

So, we need to follow a few ways for the same. And the steps for them are as follows:-

Solution 1 – Delete Backup files via File History.

Usually, the copies of all the files and docs can be saved in File History. So if ever any of the files get damaged, deleted, or misplaced accidentally then the files can be restored from the File History.  However, these backup files take up more space.

Step 1 :

Press the ‘Windows’ + ‘R’ to open the run box. Then type in: “control” and press enter.

Delete backup files in windows 10

Step 2:

Inside the Control Panel, click on “System and Security” and then click on “File History”.

Select File Log

Step 3:

In the “File History” window click on “Advanced settings” on the left side.

Step3 Choose advance settings

Step 4:

After entering in “Advanced settings” click on “Clean up versions”. Once the “File History Cleanup” box appears up, select the target time period of the files and then click on “Clean Up”.

Step4 Clean up version

Step 5:

When the cleaning process is completed, click on “Ok”.

Solution 2 – Delete Backup files using Command Prompt.

Fhmanagew.exe is a file history management tool. And executing this in the Command prompt can delete all the versions of the files within a specified no. of days.

Step 1 :

Press the “Windows” + “R” key to open the Run box. Then type in: “cmd” and press enter.

How to delete Backup files in windows 10

Step 2:

After opening the Command prompt, type in one of the commands given below according to which time period version we want to delete and then press the enter.

    • More than 1 month – FhManagew.exe -cleanup 30
    • More than 3 months – FhManagew.exe -cleanup 90
    • More than 6 months – FhManagew.exe -cleanup 180
    • More than 1 year (by default) – FhManagew.exe -cleanup 365

Step 2 open command prompt

Step 3:

If the previous version of the files can not be found, then try deleting recent files.
For e.g.: Execute the command – FhManagew.exe -cleanup 30

Solution 3 – Delete System Image Backup by Managing Windows Backup Disk Space.

In Windows 10, the backup files and data in the desktop or in default Windows folders, a system image will be created automatically as long as we do not set the backup plan. However, the increase in backup data will lead to insufficiency in the disk space, we can also delete backup files and Window system images backups by managing disk space.

Step 1:

Press the “Windows” + “R” key to open the Run box. Then type in: “control” and press enter.

How to delete Backup files in windows 10

Step 2:

After opening the Control Panel, click on “Backup and Restore (Window 7)” under the “System and Security” option. And then click on “Manage Space”.

Step 2 Backup and Restore (Window 7)

Step 3:

In the “Manage Windows Backup Disk Space” window, there are 2 options “View Backup” and “Change Settings”.

Step 3 Manage Windows Backup Disk Space

Step 3 “View Backup” and “Change Settings”

  1. If we select the option “View Backup”, then we will choose the time period of the backup files we want to delete and then click on “Delete”.Step 3(1) View Backup
  2. If we select the “Change settings” option, then we can choose to delete the system images to free up disk space.Step 3(2) Change settings

Solution 4 – Remove the System Backup Folder Windows.old by Disk Cleanup.

In Windows 10, a backup folder named Windows.old appears in the system disk. The Windows.old folder contains the system files and software installation files of the previous system version.

We manually remove the folder Windows.old, but please note once the folder is deleted then we will not be allowed to revert back to the previous Windows version.

Step 1:

Right-click on the system disk and select “Properties”.Step1 System Properties

Step 2:

In the “Properties” window, click “Disk Cleanup”. Then go to “Cleanup system files”.Step2 Cleanup system files

Step 3:

In the list of “Files to Delete”, check the box of “Previous Windows Installation” and then click on “Ok”.Step3 Previous Windows Installation


Windows 10 is the most recent and modern operating system, thus we all are going to stay engaged with it and are going to work together for a long time ahead. And in our daily busy schedules, it becomes a huge mess and mood spoiler when we come across such basic regular issues with our devices leading to delay and some other problems with our work.

Here we have tried to provide you all the possible ways to tackle one of those basic issues which can cause at any moment in your day and may make it what you don’t want it to be.

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