How to create a script file to delete all restore points in Windows 7 / 8.1?

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  1. clavafede

    clavafede MDL Novice

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    As the title, I'm looking for a script or batch file to delete all restore points system.
    Thanks to those who will help me.
     
  2. leebo_28

    leebo_28 MDL Senior Member

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    #2 leebo_28, Mar 21, 2015
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    for specific volume change "C:" to whatever
    Code:
    vssadmin delete shadows /for=C: /all
    for all volumes
    Code:
    vssadmin delete shadows /all
     
  3. clavafede

    clavafede MDL Novice

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    Thanks for the reply Leebo 28
    I tried your command but it only works on 32-bit systems .
    Why ...
     
  4. leebo_28

    leebo_28 MDL Senior Member

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    works on my x64 win7 Pro..
     
  5. oldsh_t

    oldsh_t MDL Expert

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    Can you not just shut down System Restore and it will delete everything itself?
     
  6. clavafede

    clavafede MDL Novice

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    Hello Leebo 98 , my error is : You do not have permission to run the command .Run the utility from a command window that has administrative privileges high .Everything works instead on 32 Bit .Thanks for the time you're devoting .
     
  7. leebo_28

    leebo_28 MDL Senior Member

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    right click on cmd or the batch file and choose "run as administrator"
     
  8. Palladin

    Palladin MDL Senior Member

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    #8 Palladin, Apr 12, 2015
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    Yep, that's what I've done.
    Control Panel / System / System Protection / Configure and then turn it off.
    Someone else will have to come up with a script to automate this.
    After you shut it off, here's all that's left.
    I'd rather make a weekly Acronis image than rely on System Restore.

    . system-restore-file-listing.jpg
     
  9. oldsh_t

    oldsh_t MDL Expert

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    That was just my point. If you don't want it just shut it down and it will flush everything out.
    If you still want to use System restore but want to flush out all old restore points > shut it down > reboot > start it back up.
    It's not hard or time consuming. And yes I would also rater use Acronis image. I have never had any luck with System restore.