By Lena / Last update May 21, 2021

Why Delete Backup Files in Windows 8?

To ensure data safety, most people choose to backup PC data regularly. Both System Restore (Windows 7/8/10) and File History (Windows 8/10) can help make it. However, as time goes by, there can be lots of backup files occupying your disk space and then there is no space to store a new backup file.

Therefore, it’s necessary to delete old backup files to make enough room for the newly created one, and that’s just the reason you come to this page. To help you out, here we will tell you how to delete backup files in Windows 8. Just keep reading to get the detailed steps.

How to Delete Backup Files in Windows 8?

Solution 1. Delete System Restore Points

The Windows Backup and Restore utility allows you to make a system restore point to backup computer status (like the system files, system settings, and local user profiles). It makes it possible to revert to a previous state when your computer is running into issues. To delete Windows 8 backup files, you can go to check the system restore points and remove the old ones.

Step 1. Press Windows key and R key to open Run box > Type control panel and click OK.

Step 2. On Control Panel window: enter restore point in the search bar > choose Create a restore point.

Step 3. On System Properties window: click System Protection > select hard drive that has system protection turned on and click Configure.

Delete Restore Point

Step 4. Click Delete and click Continue on the pop-up window. Then it will start deleting all the restore points on the chosen drive.

When the process is finished, you will see a pop-up window to tell you the restore points have been deleted successfully.

Solution 2. Delete File History Backup Versions

File History allows you to backup files that are stored in Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos, and Desktop folders as well as the OneDrive files available offline on your PC. It can create various backup files especially if you choose to backup your files every hour. So to delete Windows 8 backup files, you can remove the old backup versions by File History Cleanup feature. Below are steps to make it.

Step 1. Open File History from Control Panel > Click Advanced settings.

Step 2. Choose Clean up versions > Choose to delete files and folders older than the selected time > Click Clean up to confirm.

File History Cleanup

Note: To make things easier in the future, you can change the File History settings. Go to File History >Advanced settings > Click the more options next to Keep saved versions. Then it will automatically delete the old backup files in Windows 8.

Flexible Way to Manage Backup Disk Space in Windows 8

Indeed you can make backup and manage the backup files with the built-in tool, but it only lets you delete the backups older than the selected time or until space is needed. What if you want to keep the latest 3 versions of the backup images?

Well, AOMEI Backupper Pro is here to help. It’s one comprehensive tool for professional backup and restore. It lets you set backup schedule and also the custom scheme that helps remove old backup images automatically. Thus you will never worry about the trouble of low disk space. Download the free trial of AOMEI Backupper Professional and follow the steps below to manage your backup files in one flexible way.

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Set Backup Schedule

Step 1. Open AOMEI Backupper Pro > Click Backup option and here we choose File Backup as an example.

File Backup

Step 2. Choose the folders/files you want to backup and select the destination to save the backup image > Choose Schedule option.

Select Backup Destination

Step 3. Set Schedule Backup. Set the backup to run at a specific time: Daily/Weekly/Monthly/Event triggers/USB plug in/Real-time Sync. Click Advanced to choose a way to perform the scheduled backup: full backup/incremental or differential backup.

Schedule Settings General

Note: Either Incremental Backup or Differential Backup will help save the disk space.

  • Full Backup will save all the data on the selected folders.

  • Incremental Backup will take a snapshot only of the changed and added files based on the previous related backup.

  • Differential Backup will backup the changed and added files based on the full backup.

Set Backup Scheme

Step 4. Choose Scheme on the File Backup interface and tick Enable Disk Space Management.

Step 5. Choose whatever backup scheme you need from the drop-down menu and set the number of backup versions to want to keep > Click OK and click Start Backup to confirm the operation.


Now AOMEI Backupper Pro will backup your file as the schedule you have set, and will automatically delete the old backup images to free up your disk space and also make sure the backup images are recoverable.


That’s all for how to delete backup files in Windows 8. Besides using the built-in tools to manage your backup files, you can also try AOMEI Backupper Pro to backup and delete the backup images in a more flexible way. In addition, it also can help you backup computer to USB flash drive to save your disk space.