Performing a Disk Cleanup in Windows

Windows is set to retain temporary data and files that can cause adverse behavior in executable programs and programs that sync data, as well as in the overall performance of your PC. Keeping this data cleaned up can help prevent this behavior. Below you will find instructions on how to run the Windows feature, Disk Cleanup.

Click the Windows (Start) button on your PC. Select All Programs, Accessories folder, and then the System Tools Folder. Under System Tools, you will see Disk Cleanup. Click on the Disk Cleanup icon.

It may prompt you to select the drive you wish to perform the cleanup on. Generally you will do the C: drive.

Once you have selected the drive, it may take a few moments to calculate the data. Once the data has been calculated, a box will appear that will allow you to select the items you wish to delete. Each version of Windows have different items listed. The items you want to target are listed below:

  • Temporary Internet Files
  • Temp Files
  • Offline Webpages
  • Recycle Bin
  • Thumbnails

Check the items you wish to remove then select OK. It will ask you if your are sure you want to delete the items — select OK.

The deleting process may take a few minutes depending on the size. Once the box disappears, you will want to reboot.

It is recommended that you perform a Disk Cleanup on a periodic basis.

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