The installation files of a program take up the majority of disk capacity, however many apps, as well as user activity, accumulate garbage files that must be cleared or your drive will fill up. Two file containers that need to be purged are the Downloads folder and the Recycle Bin.
Disk cleanup tool on Windows 10
Cleaning the Recycle Bin and Downloads folder is simple, but not all junk files are as straightforward to locate, identify, and delete. That’s why, on Windows 10, there’s a simple application called Disk Clean that can clean out junk files.
Disk cleanup may and should be conducted on a regular basis, especially after updating Windows 10 to a new version.
- Open File Explorer and go to This PC.
- Righ-click the C drive (or Windows drive) and select Properties.
- On the General tab, click Disk Cleanup.
- On the window that opens, click ‘Clean up system files’.
- Select the items you want to delete.
- Click OK.
- Confirm you want to delete the files and disk cleanup will begin.
Note that files that have been deleted cannot be recovered. You can clean out your disks on all of your drives, but the Windows drive is where you’ll be able to save the most space.
Other disk cleaning utilities
You may also clean up garbage files or items you don’t need using the Settings app, which includes a disk cleaning tool called Storage sense in Windows 10.
- Open the Settings app (Win+I keyboard shortcut).
- Go to System>Storage.
- Click ‘Configure Storage sense or run it now’.
- Select where you want to delete files from, and how old they should be to be removed.
- Click Clean Now under Free up Space now.
After running the Disk Cleanup tool, running the Storage Sense Cleanup program has no advantage. Although the files cleaned by these two tools are similar, Disk Cleanup cleans more locations and file kinds.
Third-party programs are also available for managing disk storage capacity. You can use these products if they provide better disk space management, but be cautious about the items you remove, and keep in mind that most files deleted by a third-party disk cleaning tool are unlikely to be retrieved.
Disk Cleanup does not harm your Windows installation and does not remove programs.