Windows 8.1: Reduce hard disk space used by System Restore
Creating system restore points on your Windows 8.1-based PC is a good way of keeping backup files to be able to use them in case your PC encounters some fatal issue. However, like with every other file that you can create and save in your PC’s hard disks, the system restore points will consume memory and space and thereby leave less space on your PC’s hard disks. If you have also noticed lately that your PC is performing slower or that the applications are taking it longer than usual to open up, chances are that there could be some hard disk issue that is looming. To tackle it now, you can start by reducing the hard disk space used by system restore on your Windows 8.1 PC.
First of all create a system restore point before starting the process. To do so:
- On the Start screen, start typing ‘System Restore Point’.
- From the search results, click on ‘Create a restore point’
- On the ‘System Properties’ window, click ‘Create’ under ‘System Protection’ tab
- Type the name for the restore point and then click ‘Create’
- Wait for the process to complete and then click ‘Close’
- Click ‘OK’ to close the ‘System Properties’ window.
Now you can reduce the hard disk space used by System Restore in your Windows 8.1 PC. To do so:
- Move the cursor to the bottom left corner of the Start screen, and then right click there.
- Click ‘System’ on the menu that appears.
- On the ‘System’ window, click the ‘System Protection’ link in the left pane.
- The System Properties window comes up with the ‘System Protection’ tab selected. Select your local drive from the list and click the ‘Configure’ button.
- On the ‘System Protection’ window, move the Max Usage slider left to a lower percentage. It will show how much space is enabled and then click OK.
- When your Restore Points reach the maximum disk space you allocate, Windows will delete older restore points to make room for the new one.
- Click ‘OK’ to close the ‘System Protection’ window.Â
By applying the above mentioned steps, you can easily streamline your hard disk space, create empty space for the PC to use it to enhance its speed, and also remove the old and redundant restore points by keeping the recent and relevant ones intact.
To enjoy a quick recap of the above mentioned steps, here is a short solution video that you can check out…