Ever wonder why the C drive gets full every time your computer updates? and despite deleting all the unnecessary files, you still find a large chunk of your storage being used up. This is because just like your fridge, your computer storage need to be cleaned up regularly. “Temporary” files can get left behind permanently, and big updates to Windows may create many gigabytes of backup files that you never end up using. However, many junk file cleaning apps go too far, such as deleting your web browser cache, which will refill itself anyway over time and whose files help you load websites faster. Let TAZ Solutions show you how to tidy things up yourself, using Windows’ own built-in tools.
The Disk Cleanup Tool
Each and every storage device in your computer has access to the Disk Cleanup tool. To find this click on the Start Button or press the Windows Key on your Keyboard, and type “disk cleanup” (without the quotes), and click the Disk Cleanup shortcut in your search results. (Click and drag this shortcut to your desktop or taskbar for easier access next time.) You can also find the tool by right-clicking a storage device in File Explorer, selecting Properties, and clicking the Disk Cleanup button to the right of the pie chart. A screenshot of the Disk Cleanup Tool is shown below.
To clean up the temporary files that have been downloaded for various Windows Update, click on the “Clean up system files”. This opens a window, where you select the drive from which you wish to Clean up, normally all downloaded update files are in the C drive. Select the C drive and click OK. This opens the Window with different options for Disk Cleanup, as shown below.
As shown above, there are various options that can be selected for the Disk Cleanup. After major updates on Windows; especially Windows 10 , there are options that reads “Temporary Windows installation files” and “Previous Windows installation(s)”. Both these are normally huge files varying in size from 4GB to over 30GB at times.
Temporary Windows installation files, are files that are downloaded that contain the updates. These files are generally of no use once the updates have been installed on your computer, and the computer restarted.
Previous Windows installation(s), are old program files and old system files. These are normally seen after Windows updates from Windows 7/8/8.1 to Windows 8/8.1/10. They are also seen after major Windows 10 version update, e.g after updated from Windows 10 version 1703 to 1803 (these are updates that normally take hours to install, and after installation the interface has changes.) You may opt not to delete these files, as they may be used to rollback to previous versions. But if you are sure, that you won’t be rolling back to the previous version, it is advisable to delete these files, are they are very huge in size, and consume vital space on your C drive.
Once you have selected the Files you wish to delete, the Cleanup process begins, If you are deleting Previous Windows installation(s), a pop-up window comes up informing you about the risk of deleting these files. Click OK to confirm. Once this is done, the Cleanup progress is shown, and once completed the window closes automatically.
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