How to delete temporary files in Windows 10

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Normally the system generates temporary files as you use it. Moreover, these files are stored on the hard disk. Consequently, the storage space is reduced. Also, these items slow down the performance of the computer. Moreover, These files are practically useless. That is, they are not documents, or programs. Consequently, they can be safely deleted. However, sometimes these files may be versions of a worked, but not yet saved document. Therefore, it is advisable to save your work and close the programs before deleting the files. In this way, we prevent the documents from generating any temporary files. On the other hand, these temporary files are generated when browsing the Internet. So they accumulate in the web browser cache. In principle, their function is to speed up the loading of websites. However, over time they cause the opposite. See how to delete temporary files in Windows 10.

Using Windows 10 tools to delete temporary files.

Third-party solutions are available to remove these files. Some work better than others. Fortunately, Windows 10 has a built-in tool for this task. Let’s see how to use it. First, press the Win+Q combination to open the search box. Once there, type Clean.

Opening the disk cleaner
Opening the disk cleaner

Next, select the drive to be cleaned.

After a few moments, the wizard displays a list of files that can be deleted:

  • Temporary files
  • Downloaded programs
  • Temporary Internet files
  • Windows error reports
  • Various caches
  • Optimization files.
  • Recycle Bin

Simply mark the files and then delete them. This frees up disk space. In addition, the system speed is increased.

Cleaning temporary files
Cleaning temporary files

Cleaning temporary files manually.

It is possible to remove these files manually. To do this, it is necessary to go to the file explorer. With this in mind, press the Win+E combination. Then paste the following address:

C:\Windows\Temp

Then select all the content and delete it.

Deleting the contents of the temporary files folder.
Deleting the contents of the temporary files folder.

Deleting the contents of the PREFETCH folder

Each time an application is executed, the system generates a Prefetch file. This element contains information about the loaded application. In addition, this information is used to reduce the loading time of the program. So it works similar to the cache file. As time goes by, the content of this folder increases in size. Therefore, it is necessary to remove it to improve system performance. With this in mind, press the Win+R combination to invoke the Run box. Once there, run the following command:

prefetch

You will immediately be redirected to the following address: C:\Windows Prefetch. Please delete the entire contents of the folder.

Deleting the contents of the prefetch folder
Deleting the contents of the prefetch folder

How to delete temporary files using the storage sensor.

There is another way to delete temporary files. To do this, you need to use the Windows storage sensor. To do this, press the Win+Q key combination and type Storage. Please click on Storage Settings.

The storage status of the hard disk is immediately displayed. Among other items, the storage level of temporary files is displayed.

Windows 10 storage sensor.
Windows 10 storage sensor.

Next, you must click on the temporary files. A scan will start immediately. Next, the files available for deletion will be displayed. Check the corresponding box to be deleted.

Removing temporary files.

Finally, we have seen several ways of deleting temporary files in Windows 10. In addition, we improve the performance of the computer. Bye!

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