How to Remove Junk Files From Windows 10?
No doubt Windows 10 was a great update. It fulfilled every little details that Microsoft had failed to notice while building Windows 8 and 8.1 Operating system. People loved its revamped user interface and many other features. Despite all these, Microsoft didn’t notice one major problem – junk Files. Accumulation of junk files is still bigger problem in Windows 10. If you need improved start-up speed, then its very necessary to remove junk files from your windows PC.
Before we talk about how to remove junk files from PC, we must find out what types of junk files can be safely removed. Its not just about safety. Some files are meant to speed up some processes, that’s why you should understand what to remove.
How to Remove Junk Files From Windows 10?
There are mainly two options- Windows Disk Clean-up and third-party software like CCleaner. Basic function of both is to speed your system and save storage space.
Disk Cleanup in windows does the basic cleaning and it scans C Drive. It scans C Drive for useless files. The main function of Disk Cleanup is to save storage space on your PC. This tool will take care of log files, temporary files, Windows error files, Internet files etc. Disk Cleanup is limited tool in many aspects. That’s where CCleaner tool enter into picture.
Major problem with Disk Cleanup is that it does not clean any third-party installed programs. As I said earlier, it is limited in many aspects. It would take care of Temporary Internet File, as it is limited to Microsoft Edge. But, if you are using Chrome or Firefox, there is nothing to help it. When it comes to third-party tool like CCleaner, the tool would clean up all junk files from various programs. It also take care of deep areas of Windows operating system.
To can get better speed and storage space with CCleaner. However, both tools perform cleaning. You should know what they mean before you hit the ‘clean’ button.
Windows 10 Junk Files That You Can Safely Delete
There are few options, you would find them in both Windows Disk Cleanup and CCleaner. We are giving you basic idea. So, when It’s time to delete junk files, you know the one you must and the one you mustn’t.
Recycle Bin Files
When you delete any filer or a folder, it isn’t permanently erased. Instead, you would find all those deleted files in Recycle Bin Folder. These files consume some space of your total PC storage. It can slow down your PC sometimes. This is the first thing you can remove safely. You can also do it manually, by opening Recycle Bin folder and deleting all the files and folders.
Temporary Files Windows 10/8/7
When you open any document, watch movies on your PC or anything, all these tasks create some kind of temporary files on your system. These temporary files are deleted after the task. But sometimes, some temporary files are not deleted. This can slow down your system in a pathetic manner. You might have seen these files while working on Microsoft office or something else. You can safely erase these temporary files from your system using Disk Cleanup or CCleaner. After that you will experience some speed in your system.
when we open any folder or pictures or photos, what we see? Thumbnails. These thumbnails are not deleted automatically from your PC. Accumulation of these thumbnails can cause many issues. That’s why it is better to remove these thumbnails to increase speed.
Files of Previous Windows Installation
Did you upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 8.1? well, in this case, there would be old files of Windows 8.1 in the C Drive. These files will consume a lot of space. These files are used when you want to roll back from Windows 10 to Windows 8.1. if you don’t want to roll back to previous version, simply delete all these files from your drive and free up space. You can do this via Disk Cleanup Wizard.
Web Pages Saved Offline
Did you one fact about web browsers? Your web browsers saves some web pages offline. The purpose of this is to make the loading quick the next time you open same website. This feature is good for those who have slow internet connection. These files take up space and slow down your PC. If you fast internet connection, then go ahead and delete all the offline saved files.
Temporary Internet Files
Every internet session leaves some file your system. They are supposed to get deleted, like other temporary files on your PC. However, due to some problems, these files stay on your system. You can get rid of all these Temporary Internet Files. But, make sure that you are not deleting any useful data like Passwords, Cookies or Form info from your browser. If you are using CCleaner, you would find option to do this too.
There are few other things you need to clean from your PC. They include device driver files, Windows upgrade log files and other files. They are totally useless, so their removal would cause no harm.
Removal of above-mentioned files can boost your PC system and more storage space. To erase these junk files, you have the option to use the Disk Cleanup or CCleaner.
Windows Disk Cleanup Utility
Windows 10 has inbuilt too to remove junk files. To access it, you have to follow few steps.
- Go to the Start and select Windows Administrative Tools.
- You would find Disk Cleanup Tool in the window. Open it.
- Once you open it, it will give you a detailed estimate of the files to be deleted.
- Choose the safe ones, as I have mentioned above.
- Click the OK button to remove junk files.
That’s it. This is one of the simplest methods to boost your PC and relieve a lot of space.
So, this is how you can delete junk files from Windows 10. I would recommend going for third-party program like CCleaner. Honestly speaking, CCleaner have helped me save a lot of space and improve the PC speed drastically. I hope the guide helps you get there.