System Restore is the tool helping you to load back an earlier Windows state in order to bypass an unavoidable error occurring in Windows 10. Volume Shadow Copy or VSS is a service that creates snapshots of data in a volume useful for the restoration. Eventually, when these files unnecessarily take up huge space, PC performance slows down, unfortunate lags occur, and various unexpected trouble appear. You can read a post Windows 10 Services to Disable for Performance to resolve this.
Usually, there are two types of shadow copies present in Windows 10 namely DiskShadow and VssAdmin. Restore points can be deleted along with these files using disk clean up too, from the System Properties as well as by through a command. Try out any methods from the below section and remove them before these become a cause of imminent trouble.
Delete System Restore and Shadow copies
Here is How to Delete System Restore and Shadow copies in Windows 10 â€“
1] Using Disk Cleanup
This is the easiest way –
2] Delete System Restore and Shadow copies via cmd Command
Another easy way to Clean up Shadow copies is to execute significant commands in the Elevated Command Prompt. For that, you have to follow the below steps â€“
vssadmin delete shadows /for=<ForVolumeSpec>*
Note â€“ replace the * sign with any of the following â€“
/oldest – Delete the oldest shadow copy.
/all –Â Delete all of the specified volumeâ€™s shadow copies.
ShadowID –Â Delete the shadow copy by ShadowID
/quiet – Specify no messages return after finishing the command.
3] From System Properties
You can also delete all the unnecessary Restore points using options from System Properties window. For that, try following the below workarounds â€“
This will immediately delete System Restore and Shadow copies in Windows 10.