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How to delete Windows Shadow Copies on windows 10 or Windows 7

Posted: 2015-11-11

Viewing, creating and deleting Windows 10 Shadow Copy or Copies

Windows Shadow Copy or Volume Snapshot service VSS is a backup of your NTFS volume or drive. Windows automatically creates a system snapshot of the NTFS drive when there is patch update or changes to the system. There are also ways to set-up VSS on NTFS drivers manually or periodic schedule.

Use the command to view a list of shadow copies for a specific drive, c: drive in this case.
vssadmin list shadows

To delete the existing Shadow Copy or Snapshot:

1. Open command prompt in administrator mode by type CMD in the search box, right click CMD program and open as administrator
2. Type this command vssadmin delete shadows /for=c: /all and hit enter
3. Choose Y on the confirmation and hit enter. A message will display showing how many VSS copies deleted.

The above will delete all Shadow Copies on the C drive.

Use this command to delete oldest Shadow Copies only:
vssadmin delete shadows /for=c: /oldest

Use this command to create a new shadow copy for a volume.
vssadmin create shadow /for=c:

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