How to Delete Backup Files in Windows 10 – Detailed Guide

How to Delete Backup Files in Windows 10? After using the computer for a long period of time, there will be constantly increasing backup files and data which will take up more and more disk space. In addition, the files of the previous version will also be saved after upgrading to Windows 10, which will take up a lot of hard disk space.

If the hard disk for saving backup files gets full, it will be much harder to create backup data any more which is not a good sign to manage data and also for operating systems. So it is necessary of you to clean up the backup files. And releasing a lot of system space can make the operating system run fast and smoothly.

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How to Delete Backup Files in Windows 10

In this article we will talk about 2 different methods to delete backup files in windows 10 and both of them are working solutions and also very easy to use so any one use them easily accordingly to their problem which they are facing.

Method – 1: Delete the Backup Files via File History

Generally when, the copies of your computer’s documents, music, pictures, videos, and desktop folders can be saved in the File History. If in any case the original files are missing, damaged, or deleted, you can easily restore the lost files with the help of File History. However, the accumulated backup files will take up more of the system space. You can also clean them up via the File History.

Step no: 1 Press the Win + R key to open up the Run box. Now type in: control. And Press Enter.



Step no: 2 When inside the Control Panel, simply click System and Security and After that click File History.

file history

In Step no: 3 When in the File History window, click on Advanced settings on your left side.

advance settings


Step no: 4 After when entering the Advanced Settings, click on Clean up versions. Once when the File History

clean up

Cleanup box pops up, now select target time period of the files and after that click Clean up.

Step no: 5 Whenever the cleaning process is completed, simply click OK

Method – 2: Delete the Backup Files Using the Command Prompt

Fhmanagew.exe is a tool for file history management. In case Executing it in Command Prompt can directly delete all the file versions within a specified number of days.

Step no: 1 Press the Win + R key to open up the Run box. Then type here “cmd” and then press Enter.


Step no: 2 After opening your Command Prompt, type in one of the commands given below according to the time period of the version you need to delete and after that press Enter.

If More than 1 month: FhManagew.exe -cleanup 30

When its more than 3 months: FhManagew.exe -cleanup 90

If More than 6 months: FhManagew.exe -cleanup 180

When More than 1 year (default option): FhManagew.exe -cleanup 365

command prompt

Step no: 3 If the previous version of the files can’t be found, then try deleting the recent files. Example, You have to execute the command line – FhManagew.exe -cleanup 30.


In This article we have discussed about two different methods to remove the backup files out of your system windows 10 which we have explained in a way so even someone who don’t know much of the computer stuff can easily do that and have a better understanding of this topic.

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