Windows can quickly fill up with Junk files. For Example, temporary files, as the name suggests is files that are temporarily created for use with certain tasks. When these tasks are complete, these files become redundant. In this article, I will show you how to efficiently use the build in Windows Disk Cleanup Utility to clean your PC from junk.
The debate whether cleaning your Windows improves performance, rages on. As much as I would like to tell you that a clean Windows runs twice as fast, the truth is that cleaning junk from your computer has more to do with good housekeeping than speed. However, there will be a small increase in performance if you keep your Windows clean.
It is a good idea to perform a Cleanup operation regularly to free up needed space and keep your computer running smoothly. Before I blabber on about the Disk Cleanup Utility, let’s dive into how to use it to clean your Windows PC.
Using the Disk Cleanup Utility
On the Windows Taskbar, click on the Search button and search for Disk Cleanup.
Click on Disk Cleanup – Desktop app in the search results. This launces the Disk Cleanup Utility ans asks you to select the drive you want to clean. Select a drive, and press OK to start.
You can also launch the Disk Cleanup Utility by going into This PC, right-click on the drive you want to clean and select Properties from the context menu. On the Properties Windows, click on the Disk Cleanup button. As a result, the Disk Cleanup Utility opens without needing to select a drive first.
For more options; on the Disk Cleanup window, click on the Clean up System Files button.
Now the cleaning starts. On the new Disk Cleanup window, select the desired cleaning options and press OK. Most noteworthy option here is the Clean Previous Windows Installation(s) option.
Be carefull when cleaning previous Windows Installations. Consequently you will no longer be able to restore your computer back to previous version of Windows.
Finally, read and answer any warning message boxes to start cleaning your Windows PC.
I found that the build in Windows Disk Cleanup Utility is more than adequate to keep a Windows PC clean from junk. Therefore, there is no need to look for complicated and sometimes expensive programs to keep your computer clean.