Windows 7 Backup and Restore Automatically Delete Old Backups

Posted by @Teresa

September 21, 2017

Annoyed about too many backups on your Windows 7 PC? This tutorial will introduce you how does AOMEI Backupper work on Windows 7 backup and restore automatically delete old backups.

Disk space management on deleting old backups

The built-in utility Backup and Restore of Windows 7 makes backing up easier than in former operating systems. More and more users back up data and OS frequently, which requires more disk space for storage. In fact, those old backups occupying much disk space, you can get more room by deleting old backups. Is there a way that Windows 7 Backup and Restore automatically delete old backups? Technically, with internal Windows tools, No! However, you can delete old backups manually in Windows.

How to delete old backups manually in Windows 7?

When your schedule backup on, Windows will backup all the files and folders by default. You can purge old backups in following steps.

Firstly, go Start > Control Panel > System and Security > Backup and Restore. Or, you can type in backup after pressing Windows key, and then click Backup and Restore. Click Manage space.

Manage Space

Secondly, select View backups.

View backups

Thirdly, pitch on the backup you want to delete, and click Delete button. Then you can get more space.

Delete backup

Furthermore, you can keep the latest version of system backup to save space. Back to the second step, click Change settings this time, and select Keep only the latest system image and minimize space used by backup and click OK.

Change settings

System image keep only

It is easy to delete old backups manually for once, but if you have to proceed this operation many times, it becomes annoying and time-consuming. What’s worse, what if you forget to purge old backups and the backup procedure stopped because of low space? The Keep only the latest system image and minimize space used by backup is only applies for system image. Is there a way to do this with the file level backup?

Fortunately, the answer is Yes! Someone finds way out. You can let Windows backup and restore delete old backups automatically with the help of 3rd party software, such as AOMEI Backupper. AOMEI Backup Disk Space Manger allows you to mange the created backup images to avoid low disk space in backup location. This Deletion Mechanism can be set deleting old backups automatically to free up disk space for new backups. For further description, it will delete full backup and its chained incremental or differential backups that exceed a certain value you set of days, weeks or months after the new backup generated.

Set auto-purge old backups with AOMEI Backupper

Download AOMEI Backup Disk Space Manager for free trial.

You can set this feature during the backup process. When you backup files or system, click Scheme in the lower left corner.

System backup Scheme

Now, tick the box in front of Enable Disk Space Management, then you can specify the configuration in this window. After that, click Start Backup, your later old backups will be deleted automatically.


In summary, Windows 7 Backup and Restore automatically delete old backups can be easily completed. As a matter of fact, the feature, Deletion Mechanism, is embedded in several versions of AOMEI Backupper, for instance, AOMEI Backupper Professional, AOMEI Backupper Server and AOMEI Backupper Technician. Choose one of them based on your personal needs. You can use its free edition AOMEI Backupper Standard as the alternative to Windows 7 Backup and Restore as well. Moreover, you can experience those features that Windows 7 Backup and Restore doesn’t contain, such as Encryption, Compression, Incremental & Differential Backup. Other than Windows 7, all of them support Windows 10/8/8.1/XP/Vista (32/64-bit). Download one and start the new journey.