By Ivy / Last update October 19, 2021

Can I delete file history folder in Windows 10?

“My disk is full of backups and I would like to remove all backup files from file history and start afresh. How to do it? Thank you for any answer.”

Why delete old file history in Windows 10?

File History continuously protects your personal files stored in Libraries, Desktop, Favorites, and Contacts folders. And it will keep every change of your personal files. However, over time, your backups will become more and more until your disk is full. More so, it will not delete Windows 10 file history older versions automatically, because the backup file retention period is set as forever by default.

To get rid of backup disk full, you need to remove file history in Windows 10 manually. Here are four useful ways, you can change backup settings in the Advanced settings, Use File History clean up versions, reset File History by deleting all file history folder or using FhManagew command. In addition, you can directly backup files and delete backups using a professional software. Keep reading to learn the detailed steps.

Method 1: Change File History backup settings via Advanced Settings

Step 1. Type file history in the search box and select it from the result list. Then, you will go to File History window.

Step 2. Click Advanced settings at the left side.

Advanced Settings

Step 3. Click the drop-down menu and select Until the space is needed, then click Save changes to exit this window.

Until Space Is Needed

Step 4. Close File History Window.

Method 2: Delete Windows 10 file history old versions via Clean up version

Step 1. Go to Advanced settings of File History and then click Clean up versions.

Clean up Versions

Step 2. Select a period of time under Delete files and click Clean up.

Time Period

Step 3. Click OK when you receive a prompt the “The cleanup completed successfully”.

Method 3: Completely delete all the backups in the backup disk

Step 1. Go to Setting > Update & Security > Backup and click the button under Automatically back up my files.

Turn on

Step 2. Go to the backup drive and delete the folder named as FileBackup.

Note: If this folder is locked and you cannot delete it, you should go to File History again, then turn on the File History backup and click More options, scroll down to the bottom and hit Stop using drive. Then, delete file history folder again.

Method 4: Reset File History in Windows 10 using CMD

Step 1. Open command prompt.

Step 2. Type one of the following commands according to your needs and Hit Enter. Then, I’ll take All but the latest one as an example and show you the right command.

FhManagew.exe -cleanup 0

FhManagew.exe -cleanup 0 -quiet (-quiet refers to delete file history in Windows 10 without interruption.)


Note: Here, we think that every month is thirty days, so you just need to replace 0 with 30, 90, 180, 270, 360, 720.

Another way to backup files and delete old versions in Windows 10

In File History, there is a feature called Keep saved versions, which can help you delete old versions of backups. It all depends on the time period you selected. But some users reports that it does not clear old versions automatically. So, a better file backup software with disk space management feature is needed.

AOMEI Backupper Professional will be your prior choice, because it’s an excellent backup software for any level of user, from beginners to experienced. It has a clear interface and user-friendly design, which make all the steps become very easier. With it, you can backup files at daily, backup files with a certain file extension, backup large files, copy files without Windows, backup files to cloud, delete old backups in Windows 8, etc.

This version is only suitable for 1 PC user, so you need to use AOMEI Backupper Technician if you want to protect and recover unlimited PCs and Servers. And the advanced version has more useful features, such as, AOMEI Image Deploy. With it, you can deploy image to multiple computers over network.

Now, continue to see the detailed steps.

Step 1. Download AOMEI Backupper Professional, install and launch it.

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Step 2. Click Backup and File Backup subsequently.

File Backup

Step 3. Click Add File orAdd Folder to select the data you want to backup, and pitch on a path for it. You can backup files to local hard drive, external hard drive, USB drive, cloud drive, etc.

Add File or Folder

Step 4(Required). Click Schedule to open Schedule Settings and customize your settings.

Schedule Settings General

Step 5(Required). Click Backup Scheme > Enable Automatic Backup Cleanup after selecting schedule settings. Then, set the cleanup method you want to use, By quality, By date, By daily/weekly/monthly. 

Enable Backup Scheme

Step 6. Confirm all the setting and click Start Backup. After that, your older backup will be deleted automatically when your file backups exceed the versions of backup image files.

Wrapping things up

To clear the older backup versions of File History and free up disk space, you should delete File History in Windows 10. Here are 4 ways for you, you can try them one by one.

Besides File History, you still can use a third-party backup disk space manager AOMEI Backkupper. It can help you backup files and delete old backups without effort. More so, it can help you backup system, disk, partition, restore files from backup, restore system, etc.

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