How To Remove Temporary Files On Windows 10

How To Remove Temporary Files On Windows 10

Your computer sometimes has temporary files stored on your computer to contain a lot of other information. Therefore, your computer may have many temporary file types after each time you install a new version.

In fact, these files won’t cause any issues. However, they can be accumulated day by day and take up a lot of space on the hard drive, which can result in difficulties when you install a new version of Windows 10, or you will lack space to store anything else on your computer. In this writing, I will introduce you to some methods to remove temporary files safely. You can remove files by using the Settings app and the Disk Cleanup tool.

Remove temporary files using Settings

If you are using Windows 10, you can try the Settings app to delete temporary files manually or automatically, but remember that the steps will be different depending on the release you have. Follow the instructions below:

Delete temporary files on Windows 10 version 1903 and later

  • Open Settings on Windows 10.
  • Choose System.
  • Select Storage.
  • Under the “Local Disk” section, choose the Temporary files option.
  • Pick out the temporary files that you want to delete.
  • Click on the Remove files button.

After finishing the steps above, all chosen junk files will be deleted from your computer, you now can free up space for storing more important files.

Delete temporary files on Windows 10 version 1809 and earlier

  • First open Settings.
  • Click System.
  • Choose Storage.
  • Click the Free up space now option
  • Select the files you want to delete
  • Click the Remove files button.

Be noticed that once you choose to delete the files from a previous version of Windows 10, you won’t be able to roll back to the earlier version without these files. However, after installing a feature update on your device, the operating system automatically deletes these files after 10 days.

Remove temporary files using Disk Cleanup

If your device running out of space, it is time for you to use the Disk Cleanup tool to remove unnecessary files, freeing up space on your device.

To delete temporary files by applying Disk Cleanup, use these steps:

  • Open File Explorer on Windows 10.
  • Select This PC.
  • Right-click the drive with the Windows 10 installation and choose the Properties option.
  • Choose the Disk Cleanup button.
  • Select the “Clean up system files” button.
  • Choose the items you want to delete such as Temporary Windows Installation Files, Windows upgrade log files, Recycle Bin, Temporary Files, and System created Windows Error Reporting.
  • Choose the OK button.
  • Click the Delete Files button.

Once finishing all the steps above, you will have a lot of storage space on your computer. 

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