Windows System Restore creates ‘snapshots’ of your PC’s system files, registry keys, installed programs, etc., making it possible to roll back to a previous state in the event of system malfunction or failure. It works most of the time but this post is not about that.
The problem with System Restore is that the snapshots, called Restore Points, it stores on your hard drive can take up a lot of space. Over time and because this Windows feature works in the background, you wake up one day surprised that suddenly your hard drive has a lot less free space available.
To recover hard drive space, the traditional method is to delete previous Restore Points using Window’s built-in Disk Cleaner. (Right-click on your hard drive, Properties > Disk cleanup)
Another problem with this method is that it’s really slow and take up system resources. A faster alternative is to use Piriform’s CCleaner. It’s one of the most popular tools in cleaning up PCs. Just follow the steps:
- Open CCleaner
- Select the Tools tab
- Select System Restore
- Remove all the Restore points, the most current one is locked for safety
CCleaner removes all those previous Restore Points and recovering valuable hard drive space a lot faster than before.
The best part is, CCleaner is a free tool. Go ahead and give it a download, you’d be impressed by it.