Free up disk space

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 28 April 2006 / Last Updated on 28 April 2006]

How to free up disk space used by System Protection in Windows Vista.

Windows Vista's System Protection feature can eat up a lot of disk space on your system, and while it's supposed to return space to you if you need it, if you find yourself running low on space you can free space up manually by doing the following:

  1. Start the System utility in Control Panel
  2. Allow the UAC prompt
  3. Select the System Protection tab
  4. Clear the checkmark beside the volume System Protection is enabled on.

Note that this will delete all restore points for that volume, so note that if you do this you won't be able to restore your system to a previous condition if you need to.

Mitch Tulloch, MVP

Note: This tip is based on a pre-release version of Windows Vista and may not reflect functionality in the final product.

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The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a well-known expert on Windows Server administration and cloud computing technologies. He has published over a thousand articles on information technology topics and has written, contributed to or been series editor for over 50 books.

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