What to Delete from Windows to Free Up Disk Space?
What to Delete from Windows to Free Up Disk Space? Windows has a lot of files and logs that you normally do not need. There are plenty of log files, temporary files, internet files, downloaded files, and other system files that eat up memory. Let’s not forget those hidden cache files, old files, and programs you forgot to unhide and remove.
Many times, it gets hard to know which files to remove and which to keep. There are times when you downloaded and installed a program but forgot to uninstall it.
This is where this article will help you with ways to know what exactly to delete from your Windows 10 PC to free tons of storage.
Know What You May Delete from Your Windows 10:
Some programs and files are found in some secured locations in the computer. Let us check out some Windows files, folders and utilities that you may remove permanently.
These items are in some particular locations and are completely safe to remove. You must take care not to remove other items by mistake. Let us check these files:
You Can Delete These From The Disk Cleanup:
You can remove some of the below-mentioned items using a registry cleaner application. It is a useful app to remove the system logs and registry files that are automatically generated by the system.
Windows Update Cleanup:
This removes the old Windows update files and logs. These files are completely safe to delete but you may keep them for troubleshooting if you want to roll back to the original restore point.
Language Resource Items:
If you have downloaded additional language other than English, then you can permanently remove the resource files.
Files that are deleted, go to Recycle Bin and are stored there unless you restore them. You can permanently remove the files you do not want, from the Recycle Bin.
These are the cache files and logs and are completely safe to remove.
These above are some files that are completely safe to remove without any issues. Let us now check some files and folders that you need to check and double-check if you want to delete them:
1. Delete the Hibernation File:
The Hibernation mode on your computer is equivalent to the sleep mode and saves all your on-going sessions and work onto the hard drive.
If you have never used this option or if you do not use it, you can easily disable the same by following the instructions:
- Go to the Command Prompt
- Type in the command ‘powercfg.exe /hibernate off’
The above command will disable the hibernation option. However, you should remember that disabling the hibernation mode will prevent your computer from using the fast start-up.
Location of the file: C:hiberfil.sys
2. Windows Temp Folder:
You might have guessed what the Temp folder contains. This folder contains files that are no longer useful after their initial use. You can easily clean up these files by following the instructions:
- Visit the directory
- Locate the folder
- Select all the files and entries or just use the keyboard combo ‘Ctrl + A’
- Click on ‘Delete’
Location of the file: C:WindowsTemp
3. Recycle Bin:
Recycle Bin is not at all a folder. It is a place where the deleted files rest until you decide to restore them or delete them permanently. If you do not delete the files from here, you could be wasting several gigabytes of memory.
You can either use the old ways of clicking on the ’empty the recycle bin’ option or you can use the other way to delete files from the recycle bin.
Some steps you can follow:
- Open Windows Explorer
- In the navigation bar, type in ‘shell: RecycleBinFolder’
Once you locate the files and items you have deleted you can easily use the ‘Shift + Delete’ keyboard combination to permanently remove the items.
There is one way to activate the auto-delete function in the Recycle Bin.
- Double click on the ‘Recycle Bin’
- Click on properties
- Set the maximum size
Location: shell: RecycleBinFolder
4. Windows.old Folder:
Whenever you update your applications or Windows version to the latest version, Windows automatically generates a copy of old files and saves them. These files are called Windows.old
You can delete this folder or keep it to roll back to older versions if you do not like the updates or in case the updates contain bugs. Windows automatically deletes this folder after some time but you can also delete this if you are running low on disk space.
So these are some files and folders you may delete safely without causing any issues to the system. However, you should remember that deleting some of the files may not be advisable.
Some files are stored in specific locations and you need to locate them to remove them permanently. In this way, you can free up some disk space.