Windows® Backup Application to Delete Old Backups
Get to know more about Windows backups and how to delete old backups
Windows is a series of operating systems from Microsoft. They come in different versions and all of them have features that simplify users' daily tasks. Windows Backup is one such feature that helps users in taking a backup of their system data and files. Windows allows users to backup the entire system or specific drives as the users choose. Automatic backup can also be scheduled that backups data at regular intervals. Automatic backups also have a slighter drawback that it can consume lots of hard disk space. However, it can be overcome easily by deleting older backups using the Windows Backup application itself. Deleting older backups can also be done in order to solve some issues. Sometimes deleting backups can also end in failure. This can be due to different reasons and can be fixed easily.
Here is more on deleting backups from Windows systems:
- Deleting Backups
- Issues while Deleting
- Remedial Methods
Deleting old backups can be done by using the 'Backup and Restore' tool of Windows. To do this, go to 'Control Panel' and open 'Backup and Restore'. Click on 'Manage Space'. Click on 'Browse' and navigate to the backup location. Now click on the 'View backups' button and select the backup period which you would like to delete and hit 'Delete' button. Windows will automatically delete the selected backup and free the memory.
Issues while Deleting
Sometimes while trying to delete backups from Windows systems, it might result in errors. This restricts users from deleting backups. Leaving the backups undeleted can cause several issues like wastage of hard disk space. Windows backups can be done by replacing old backups.
The issues with deleting backups can be resolved by following certain steps. The issue can occur when the owner of the backup file is set as Windows and by default Windows will not delete a Windows file by its own. Changing the owner of the backup file to an administrator account will resolve this issue. Once the owner is changed you can delete the backup file. If still you cannot delete the files, then it will be because of permission rights. Make sure that the permission level of the backup file for the administrator account is not set as 'Read-Only'. If it is set to be 'Read-Only', uncheck it and apply changes. The backup file can now be deleted easily.
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