You want to install a program or save a video, but your PC notifies you that the disk space is insufficient ? You notice a slowdown in your computer ? In this tutorial, we will explain how to make a cleaning your PC for free and give it a good boost.
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The Cleanup utility disk.
Windows has several native tools that let you find and delete unnecessary files. We recommend that you use the program to native Windows disk Cleanup 10. It analyzes your PC and identifies the space occupied by the temporary files (.tmp), updates, hidden files, etc
To access it, type its name in the search bar of Windows. To erase the desired files, you simply check the corresponding check boxes, click OK, and then click Delete Files.
If you want to do a deep cleaning, then click on the option ” Clean up system files in depth, and select the disk of your choice (usually the C: drive).
Uninstall games and programs.
To save space, you can uninstall the programs and games you don’t need or that you no longer use.
In the search bar, type control Panel, click on the option Uninstall a program (under Programs).
In the window that opens, a list of all the installed software is displayed.
To reorder them based on their size, click the Size tab.
Finally, select them one by one and click Uninstall/Change at the top of the window.
If you are looking for a faster solution to delete multiple software at once, then we recommend the free programs CCleaner and IObit.
Delete Windows restore points.
As soon as the installation of a program or a driver doesn’t operate properly, your PC will backup your data automatically and creates restore points. The latter can take a certain amount of space on your hard drive, but it is possible to adjust this space.
To do this, type Create a restore point in the Start Menu.
The System Properties window opens, in the tab system Protection, select the C: drive and click Configure.
This will allow you to see the amount of space that steals your restore points.
Even if you want at any cost to win several gigabytes, we do not recommend that you disable protection of the system because in case of any major problems, you’ll have no restore points.
To delete downloads, cookies, and duplicates.
In addition to tools, pre-installed Windows, there is a plethora of free programs that specialize in removing junk files and cleaning hard drives.
CCleaner is one of them, and he is also able to identify the duplicates (photos, downloads) and remove them permanently.
You can also use the very powerful software Auslogics Duplicate File Finder, it is free.
Delete the files bulky and heavy.
If you follow the advice given previously but that the freed-up space is not enough, then why not tackle the files heavier.
Open file Explorer (or Windows Explorer for older versions).
Select This PC.
In the search bar, to the right of the window, type size:.
In the list that appears, select Gigantic.
On your screen, all files larger than 128 Mb is displayed. It only remains for you that to choose which you want to separate (downloads, outdated drivers, old backups and ISO images).
Take care because some files are necessary for the proper functioning of your programs.
Sometimes, the files that take up the most space are those that contain sub-folders. Your best alternative would be to install an application that will list the large files and delete safely.
To analyze in more detail the amount of space that your different software to grab, there is a free program SpaceSniffer (in English).
Once downloaded, you will need to extract the files, choose the drive to clean and click on Start (to Start).
The more your program is heavy, plus the rectangle that corresponds to it is great.
In our example, the Office takes up more space than Adobe.
You have determined what files you offload ? Go back into file Explorer and delete them.
To delete backups.
You have recently made a full backup of your computer ? Then think about to erase the oldest ones.
Also, don’t forget to clear as your Videos folder, it may be that you no longer need or copy them on an external hard drive or SSD.