How to Delete Backup Files in Windows XP

By G.K. Bayne

In most cases it is not necessary to keep backup files in Windows XP. The latest backup of the hard drive or individual files is the only backups you will normally need. Redundant backup files serve no real purpose and only take up space that could be used for other programs and files. It is simple to delete the backup files in Windows XP and it only takes a few minutes of your time.

Things You'll Need

  • Windows XP

Step 1

Click on your "Start" button on your XP desktop.

Step 2

Click on "Search" from the options given on the screen.

Step 3

Type "*.bkf" in the text box of the search wizard.

Step 4

Tell the wizard where to look in the drop down box beneath Look in on the screen. The default is Drive C.

Step 5

Click on "Advanced" options to make sure that the search will be performed in all directories on your hard drive.

Step 6

Click on "Search" when all of the necessary options have been filled out.

Step 7

Allow the list to populate as the search wizard completes the search for back up files.

Step 8

Click on "Edit" from the text menu at the top of the screen. Choose select all from the options given.

Step 9

Press the "Delete" key on your keyboard. This will delete the files from the windows.

Step 10

Empty your recycle bin to remove the backup files from your system.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you remove a large number of backup files from your system, you should run the Defrag program under System Tools on your computer. This will help organize the remaining programs and data on your computer and may make the computer find and locate data faster.
  • You can use the search function to find any type of document on your computer even if you only know a few letters of the file name.