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How to Delete Junk Files In Windows 10

Junk files accumulated in Windows 10 over time can reduce the overall performance of your computer. Either Windows or third party software applications running on your PC create junk files. They are temporary Internet files, log files created by applications installed on your PC, thumbnails of pictures and video files, delivery optimization files, temporary files created by running applications, etc. This article teaches you how to delete Windows 10 junk files created on your computer safely.

If you feel the temporary files created on your Windows 10 computer is too much and consuming a lot of space, you can delete them by following the instructions below.

How to Remove Windows 10 Temporary Junk Files
  1. Type settings on the search bar and click on the Settings app

  2. Under Windows 10 Settings headline, click on System

  3. You need to click on Storage on the left-hand side menu

  4. Click on the link Free up space now

  5. To remove all junk files stored on your Windows 10 laptop, select all checkboxes.

    You need to check all checkboxes for the below files

    • The System created Windows Error Reporting Files

    • Thumbnails

    • Temporary files

    • Setup log files

    • Temporary Internet files

    • Delivery optimization files

  6. Click on the button Remove files

Once you have pressed the button Remove files, Windows 10 will delete all the junk files stored in it. If you are not happy with the manual removal of temporary files in Windows 10, you can set automatic deletion.

Automatic Deletion
To configure automatic junk file deletion on Windows 10 computer, follow the instructions below.

  1. Open the Windows 10 Settings app

  2. Open System App

  3. Open Storage App and click on the link Change how we free up space automatically

  4. At this window, you can set rules for the automatic junk file deletion. You can set Windows 10 Storage Sense by activating Run Storage Sense feature.

    You can tell the Operating System to set the removal with the following options.

    • When Windows Decides

    • Every Day

    • Every Week

    • Every Month

    You need to turn on the button near Storage Sense to activate this feature.

  5. Check the checkbox at Delete temporary files that my apps are not using and click on Clean Now button

Windows 10 allows you to set a different rule for the automatic deletion of files in the download folder.

You can set either a date or never for the automatic removal of Windows 10 download files.

It is a good practice to remove the junk files accumulated in your computer over time.

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It will also help you save a good amount of space in the hard-disk.


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