By Delia / Last update August 30, 2021

About deleting old backups with Windows 7 Backup and Restore

The built-in utility Backup and Restore of Windows 7 makes backing up easier than in previous operating systems. More and more users back up data and OS frequently, which requires more disk space for storage.

In fact, those old backups occupy much disk space, and you can get more room by deleting old backups. Is there a way to let Windows 7 Backup and Restore delete old backups? Yes. Windows 7 offers a way to delete old backups manually to save disk space. Let's get to know the detailed steps.

How to delete old backups manually in Windows 7?

With your schedule backup on, Windows will backup all the files and folders by default. You can purge old backups in following steps.

1. Go Start > Control Panel > System and Security > Backup and Restore. Or, you can type in backup after pressing Windows key, and then click Backup and Restore. Click Manage space.

Manage Space

2. Select View backups.

View backups

3. Pitch on the backup you want to delete, and click Delete button. Then you'll get more free space.

Delete backup

Besides, you can keep the latest version of system backup to save space. Back to the second step, click Change settings this time, and select Keep only the latest system image and minimize space used by backup and click OK.

Change settings

System image keep only

It is easy to delete old backups manually for once, but if you have to proceed this operation many times, it becomes annoying and time-consuming. What’s worse, what if you forget to purge old backups and the backup procedure stopped because of low space? The "Keep only the latest system image and minimize space used by backup" only applies to system image. Is there a way to do this with all kinds of backup?

Fortunately, the answer is Yes! Someone finds way out. You can let Windows backup and restore delete old backups automatically with the help of 3rd party software, such as AOMEI Backupper Professional. The Backup Scheme feature allows you to mange the created backup images to avoid low disk space in backup location.

It can be set deleting old backups automatically to free up disk space for new backups. For further description, it will delete full backup and its chained incremental or differential backups when it exceeds a certain value that you set. Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista are supported. Let's take a closer look.

Set auto-purge old backups with AOMEI Backupper

In the first place, get the 30-Day free trial and have a try. Take backing up system as an example.

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1. Install and run AOMEI Backupper Professional. Click Backup and then System Backup.

System Backup

2. The system related drive is selected by default. Select a destination place to store the backup. And then, click Scheme beneath.

Select Backup Destination

3. Tick Enable Disk Space Management. Choose one of the backup strategies from the menu accord with your situation. It will make a Full Backup before performing backup scheme. Click OK.

Enable Backup Scheme

4. Click Start Backup to start the task. The old backups will be purged when the value exceeds.


  • Options: to enable backup image encryption, compression, splitting, etc.

  • Schedule: to perform backup tasks in daily, weekly, monthly, USB plug in, or event trigger mode.

  • Above steps apply to Windows 10 auto delete old backup as well.


In summary, Windows 7 Backup and Restore automatically deleting old backups can be easily completed with the help of AOMEI Backupper Professional. It offers more powerful features—you can restore system to dissimilar hardware, backup dynamic disk volume, ect. To make Windows Server Backup delete old copies automatically, please refer to its Server edition.