How to clean up your computer fully delete temporary files and free disk space.


Hey guys, this is Jude from his attacks. In this quick tutorial. I'll be demonstrating how to fully delete. All temporary files in Windows. For this post, I'll be using Windows 10, but of course, you can also follow the same procedure for other versions of Windows PC with Windows 7, 8 or 8.1. Now deleting temporary files. Not only provides you more disk space to work with, but also helps to speed up your windows and make your applications run faster. And with that said, let's get down to it. 

So first we are going to run some simple commands, to reveal temporary files in different locations, on our Windows to do that. You go to your search and type run, then click on the run up from the search results on the wrong, search box type percentage, sign temp2 percentage, sign as shown on the screen and hit enter, it will show Oh the temporary files from your applications. So here select all files in this folder and then right click and select delete to remove this files. Now if you get some notification saying that certain files cannot be deleted or do you want to try again? Just skip them and continue with the process. Next, go back to the runner-up and type T EMP and hit enter, this will show Windows temporary files. Again here select all files and hit delete to remove them. 

Also he if you find a message saying sudden files in the folder, cannot be deleted, just skip them and proceed with the process. 

Then go to run one more time and type prefetch and hit enter. 

Here again, select all files and hit delete to remove them. 

The Second Step would be to delete old Windows installation files. And to do that, you go to your search and type storage, click on storage, from the search results, and then click on this PC, which is your C drive, and wait for the storage usage page to load. On this page, you should find where it says temporary files, click on it and on the bottom of the list, you should find previous versions of Windows. As you can see here, the old Windows installation files could occupy quite a substantial amount of disk space. In my case, it also violating a bite of this space. So I will select this option and click on remove files to free the disk space. Of course, you may not see this option in your temporary files. If you have made a fresh Windows installation or It's been long time you upgraded from one version of Windows to another. This is because Windows automatically delete these files after a while. But if you are running out of this space, you can already delete these files manually using this method. The third step is to Clay, this software distribution download folder. This folder normally stores, automatic Windows update files. So once the files have finished downloading in the background, the update can be installed to your PC. However, often times after Windows has already installed, it downloaded pop date. It's these temporary files still remain in the download folder and sometimes these files could affect some functionalities like disk cleanup utility to delete this temporary files. Go to your computer folder. 

These PC then open the driveway, you have your windows files, usually the C drive. Open the windows folder by double-clicking. Then search for a folder named software distribution. 

Open and locate the download folder. Double click to open there, you should see all the temporary Windows update files here again. Select all the files and click delete to remove them. To complete this, you may need to have an administrative account. So a show you a logged on as an administrator while implementing this game. 

The fourth step is to perform a disk cleanup. Now is advisable to perform the initial steps presented in this Post before performing a disk cleanup, especially the third step, which is to delete the temporary files from the download folder in your software distribution. This is important because sometimes there could be a Windows update conflict, which will cause the disk cleanup utility to take much longer time to run and in some cases it could get stuck and keep running indefinitely. So it's advisable to clear the software distribution folder before running. Disk cleanup now to run the disk cleanup, go to your search and type disk cleanup as shown on the screen. Then click on the disk cleanup up from the search results because see a dialog box. Like this asking you to select the disk, you want to clean up here, I'll be cleaning up by C drive so I will leave it as C drive and click ok. Then wait for the disk cleanup utility to run. For some time here, it says, I can use the disk cleanup utility to free up to twenty nine point one gigabyte disk space on my C drive. So, first you should go through the list of files. You are about to delete and see the corresponding space, each file or folder occupies on the disk. He, as you can see, most of the disk space is occupied by my temporary files over, 28 GB. And since I don't need these files anymore, I'll go ahead and select them all. Then click, okay. Now it asks me if I'm sure I want to permanently delete these files here, I will select delete these files and wait for the process to complete. 

With that done. I'm going to run the disk cleanup utility once again and wait for it to complete. Now notice that it says I can still free up to twenty eight point one gigabyte with the initial run, it could free up to twenty nine point one gigabyte. And after running the cleanup, it still says it can free up storage 8.1 GB. Now I'm not sure why Windows wouldn't clean up all the selected files and recover your disk space at once. But I observe that by running this tool multiple times more and Disk space gets freed up on till you notice no, father release in this space and that would mean that all your disk space is now recovered. So now I will demonstrate that by running this process few more times and would observe how much disk space is freed after a truck. 

So, after four iterations, Since I managed to recover over 25 gigabyte of disk space from this process. The final step for this tutorial will be to clear your browser data. Now this is often ignored but it could actually go along with. Not just does it free of your disk space, but it could also help to speed up your browser to clear. Your browser data, open your browser, in my case, I use Google Chrome then press the keyboard combination Ctrl +H to reveal your browser history. They don't this left pane. You will find where it says click Are browsing data. Click on it and it dialog box, like they should pop up here, click on the advanced Tab and then you will see a list of data that you can actually lead using this method. First, I'm going to set my time range as all time from this drop down. Now, in my case, I'm going to leave the browser history. So I will click to uncheck it. Of course, you can choose to delete yours, if you don't need it anymore, in which case you should have it selected. I don't need Download history, so I will have it selected. And here, basically, you select all the data, you want to Claire and click on Clay data to remove them. 

This might not mean so much for your disk space, But like, I mentioned earlier, it will help speed up your browser and be able to recover some disk space using these methods. If you have any questions or feedback. So you can always leave in the comments section and I'll get back to you as soon as possible. Give this post a like if you found it useful and share with anyone, you think might want to see. Don't forget to follow to my website  for notification on future tech, support post like this one. Thanks for reading and see you in the next one. 

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