3 Ways to Delete Old Backup Images Safely in Windows 7/8/10

Can I delete old backup images safely? How to automatically delete Windows old backup files in Windows 7/8/10? The following words will give you the best way to delete backup image file easily and safely.


by Ivy Updated on November 9, 2022

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Why Delete Old Backup Images?

Sometimes, you will get the backup disk full situation while running Windows operating system. Or backup failed because of get low disk space, you are running out of disk space on local disk. Then you may need to delete old backup images to free up space in Windows 7/8/10. Here comes the question, how to delete backup files in Windows 7, 8, or 10? don’t worry, it’s easy for you to delete backup as follows.

Multiple Ways to Delete Windows Image Backup

There are different ways to delete old backup images easily depending on your backup tools. Typically, there are several ways to backup your files and folders, even the Windows operating system:

  • Windows Backup and Restore

  • File History

First, you have to be aware of the backup type in these backup tools use.

Windows Backup and Restore allows you to create a full backup for the selected files, and created incremental backups for the created or changed files since the last backup afterward. If you want to restore all your files since the full backup task created, the last full backup and all the incremental backup files will be needed. Then keep the recent backups (the last full backup and all its incremental backups) if needed, and it’s safe to delete old backup images.

File History automatically creates incremental backups of files stored in Libraries, Desktop, Contacts, and Favorites folder in Windows 8, 8.1, 10. by the way, File history would not backup encrypting file system (EFS) files.

Delete Old Backup Images with Windows Backup and Restore

Delete old backup images with Windows Backup and Restore with the following steps in Windows 7, 8, or 10 if you are using it to create backups.

1. Please input backup and restore in Windows search box, and choose Backup and Restore (Windows 7), and then hit enter.

2. Click Manage space.

Manage Space

3. Tap Browse to find the Windows image backup files location if required.

Manage Windows Backup Disk Space

4. Select View backups... button -> choose an old backup image -> Delete to delete old data backup image file.

Delete Old Backup Images

5. Or click Change Settings -> select Retain only the most recent system image created on ... or Delete all system images for this computer... -> Press OK to delete Windows 7/8/10 backup image(s).

Delete System Images

Delete Old Windows Backups with File History

If you created backups with File History, please follow the instruction to delete backup files on Windows 8, 10.

1. Input file history in Windows search box, select File History and hit Enter.

2. Select Advanced settings.

File History Advanced Settings

3. Click Clean up versions.

Delete Old Backup Images File History

4. Choose a way to delete older versions of files and folders, and click OK.

An Easier Way to Create Windows 10 backup Delete Old Backups Automatically

You have to delete old backup images manually with the above two backup software. Is there any better way to delete old backup images automatically. It’s highly recommended to try the best Windows backup software - AOMEI Backupper Professional, specially designed for Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10, to create backup and help you to automatically delete old backup images easily. Besides, it allows you to backup different data types safely, like backup entire hard disk, Windows 7/8/10 operating system, individual file, or partition(s). it’s easy to operate.

Please download AOMEI Backupper Professional to have a try, and then follow the guide to create backup task to external hard drive and delete old backup images automatically (take file backup for example):

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1. On the main console, please select Backup -> File Backup.

File Backup

2. Tap +Add Folder or +Add File button to choose the files or folders to backup.

Add File Or Folder

3. Choose the external hard drive to save the backup image file.

Select Backup Destination

4. Click Schedule -> General to automatically running via daily/weekly/monthly...; and Choose Scheme -> Enable Backup Scheme, choose a backup scheme, and set the number of backups to retain, and hit OK.

Schedule Settings General


5. Press Start Backup >> button to create file backup and automatically delete old backup images easily and safely while the number of backups exceeds to retain.

Start Backup Schedule Scheme Selected

Wait for a moment, the backup task will be finished quickly. Take care of your external hard drive, and make it be safe. When the backup image number exceeds the number to retain, it will delete backup files from external hard drive in Windows 10/8/7 safely.

Besides, you could create incremental and differential backup to save your disk storage space, please note you have to create a full backup before that. You could perform selective file restore with the backup image.

For server users who are running Windows 2003/2008/2012/2016/2019 (including R2), try AOMEI Backupper Server to enjoy more advanced features.

✨ How to backup files to AOMEI Cloud

As cloud storage is becoming more and more popular, AOMEI offers users its own cloud - AOMEI Cloud. After you sign up for an AOMEI account, you can use 1TB storage for free within 15 days. Just click Backup > Cloud Backup to backup files to AOMEI Cloud.

Cloud Backup


Further Reading: Delete Files with Disk Cleanup

Disk Cleanup is a computer maintenance utility in Windows OS to free up disk space on the hard drive. It is capable of deleting downloaded program files, recycle bin, temporary internet files, setup log files, temporary files, thumbnails, etc. To delete unnecessary files with Disk Cleanup, refer to these steps:

1. Input the cleanmgr.exe (Disk Cleanup) in Windows search box, choose cleanmgr and hit Enter.

2. Choose the drive you want to clean up, and hit OK.

3. In the Disk Cleanup tab, check the checkbox before the unnecessary files, and click OK -> Delete Files.

Check Unnecessary Files

Besides, you could click Clean up system files -> More Options tab to delete unused programs, system restore points, and shadow copies.


No matter what you are facing and trying to delete old backup images, try the mentioned ways to free up space for Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10. Then, your computer’s performance should be improved.

Ivy · Editor
Ivy is an editor of AOMEI Technology, she covers backup & restore,hard disk & partitions management and cloud files transfer and so on for AOMEI. She is an outgoing girl and enjoys helping people find solutions to their problems. She loves traveling, eating, reading and so on. She usually hangs out with friends at her leisure time.