What is $SysReset folder and how to delete $SysReset folder in Windows 10

Switching on the ‘show hidden files’ option in Windows 10 surfaces all kinds of folders, including one called $SysReset, which some users notice taking up some hard drive space or cluttering their C:/ drive.

What is $Sysreset?

If you notice a previously unseen folder called $SysReset on your PC, there’s no need to worry. This isn’t some kind of malware – it’s the folder in which Windows 10 stores files after a refresh or reset.

Most of the time, the $SysReset folder is quite small, measuring in the double-digit megabytes. Primarily, it contains logs that a technician can use to identify why a refresh or reset failed. As these logs can contain some personal information, you may want to remove it if you need a completely clean start or really need to free up space in Windows 10. Today we’re going to show you how to delete $SysReset via File Explorer or an elevated Command Prompt.

How to Delete $SysReset Folder via File Explorer

This is the most user-friendly way to delete $SysReset, but it can throw up permissions issues for some users. If you’ve enabled it, it may be worth using the hidden administrator account.

  1. Show hidden items in File Explorer


    Press “Windows + E” to open File Explorer, click on the “View” tab, and tick “Hidden items”.

    Windows 10 - File Explorer - View - Check Hidden Items

  2. Find the $SysReset folder and choose “Delete”


    In your root C:\ drive, find $SysReset and press the “Delete” button in the top bar or right-click “🛡️Delete”.

    Windows 10 - File explorer - Local Disk (C) - $SysReset - Delete

  3. Accept the prompt to delete the system reset folder


    Windows 10 - File explorer - Local Disk (C) - $SysReset - Delete - Permission to Continue

  4. Uncheck hidden items


    Back in the main File Explorer window, open “View” again and uncheck “Hidden items”. If you need to restore the system reset folder at any point, it’ll remain in your recycle bin for 30 days.

    Windows 10 - File explorer - Uncheck Hidden Items

How to Delete $SysReset Folder via Command Prompt

This method is less user-friendly than File Explorer, but it’s faster and has less chance to run into permissions issues.

  1. Open an elevated Command Prompt


    Press “Start” and type “command prompt”, then click “Run as administrator” in the right-hand pane.

    Windows 10 - Open Elevated Command Prompt

  2. Run the remove $SysReset command


    In Command Prompt, enter:

    RD /S /Q "C:\$SysReset"

    Press Enter and close the window if you like.

    Windows 10 - Elevated Command Prompt - Enter the Command