Windows 10 Tutorial: Delete Unnecessary Files

You can free up drive space and keep Windows running efficiently by using the Disk Cleanup tool to delete unnecessary files on your computer that your system no longer needs.

These can range from temporary files to thumbnails that Windows 10 stores for its use.

Although today’s hard drives are quite large, it is still possible to run low on disk space, as the media files and applications are bigger than ever. On top of that, the operating system continues to store Delivery Optimization service data, and copies of webpages for fast viewing as temporary internet files.

All these add up.

So, if you want to do a little spring cleaning, you can fire up the Disk Cleanup tool by either searching for it in Start or opening This PC, clicking the hard drive you want to clean, clicking Manage up top and selecting Cleanup.

After a few moments, the following dialog box will appear.

And after it, the Disk Cleanup panel.

It displays the amount of drive space the activated options will free up.

Simply click the check box for each file type that you want to delete. You can read up on the description of the highlighted file type if you want to be clear about the data that you are about to delete. It is also possible to view some of these files by clicking on the View Files button near the bottom.

Once you are ready to delete, click OK.

Disk Cleanup will ask you to confirm that you want to delete the files types.

Click Delete Files to complete the process.

You can run Disk Cleanup any time your hard drive space becomes too low. If hard drive space is not a problem, you can run this utility every two or three months to keep Windows running smoothly.

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