If you want to speed up your computer, it’s important to remove junk files from your Windows Computer. Before I explain to you how to remove junk files from your Windows Computer, Let me first explain to you what all different types of junk files present in your computer can be safely removed. So, you should understand which files you can remove safely before you actually go ahead and do the cleanup of your windows computer.
Windows Junk Files Which You Can Safely Clean
So, here is the Introduction to all the types of junk files present on your Windows computer. So, when it’s time to clean the system, you should aware of all types of files which you can remove safely. When you delete a file or a folder from your computer, it isn’t permanently removed rather it will go in your recycle bin folder. It also consumes space in your C drive and makes your computer run slower. So, It is completely safe to remove all items from the recycle bin. You can also recover the things from the recycle bin if you accidentally delete any file or folder. Also, you can clean the recycle bin manually just by right click on the recycle bin and select an empty recycle bin option. Whenever you open any application on your computer, there are few associated files that are running in the background. These files contain all unsaved work and configuration settings of the programs. These associated files are located in the temp folder in C drive and known as temporary files. Sometimes these temporary files remain in the temp folder even after we close the program. These files create junk in your computer and hamper the overall performance of the computer. It is safe to remove these temporary files from your computer to free up some space and to increase the speed of the computer.
- Previous Windows Installation Files
if you upgrade your windows from any old windows to the latest ones then you would see some previous Windows installation files. It is located on your C drive with the name of Windows.old. You can recover any file from your previous windows like Documents, Pictures, or Downloads folder. Otherwise, you can delete all installation files because they are of no use and they occupy a lot of space in your C Drive. These files can be deleted manually. Just Go to the C Drive on your computer. Find Windows.old folder and delete it. Sometimes your web browser saves some web pages offline so that they can load faster next time you visit the same web page. These offline pages occupy space in your C Drive and can slow down your computer. It may increase your internet speed but it will slow down your computer. Nowadays almost everyone has a good internet connection. So, it’s better to clean these offline web pages so as to increase the speed and overall performance of the computer. Whenever you go online to access any website. There are a few files that download to your computer automatically. These files are known as cookies. Cookies contain information like your sessions, how much time you spent on one particular website, which pages your visit, your browsers, your IP address, and other details. Other than cookies temporary internet files also contain your saved forms, passwords, bookmarks, browsing history, etc. So, It totally depends on you which information you want to keep or which information you want to delete. You can delete some automatically downloaded files, Browsing History, etc, and keep others like bookmarks, saved passwords and forms, etc. Thumbnails are the small pic of the original image for a representational purpose. Whenever you save any image to your computer. Windows will automatically create thumbnails for each image. But when you delete images, these thumbnails still remain on the computer. So, you need to delete these thumbnails manually. These thumbnails create junk on your computer and slow down your computer. So, it is safe to delete all thumbnails from your computer. Your windows computer creates logs for every event like when you download, install, or uninstall any program, or when your Windows encounters any error, it creates error logs files or dumps files. This also includes setup log files, Delivery Optimization Files, Error Logs, etc. These all are just the log files in your computer and they do not have any impact on any installed program or windows feature. So you can safely remove all the log files from your computer.
How to Remove Junk Files on Windows Computer
In order to remove junk files from your computer, you can either use Windows Disk Cleanup or you can use third-party software like CCleaner. Windows Disk Cleanup is a pre-install disk cleanup utility which is available in all version of Windows like Windows 7, 8, 8.1 & 10. Both software is equally efficient. However, there are a few differences between both.
- In Windows Disk clean up you need to run scans manually whereas, in CCleaner, it automatically scans your computer for junk files at a regular interval of time.
- Windows Disk Cleanup doesn’t scan third-party browsers like Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome.
- Windows Disk Cleanup only does the basic cleanup of the drive whereas CCleaner cleans the deep areas of your windows.
- Windows Disk Cleanup also not able to fix registry problems whereas CCleaner fixes all registry errors efficiently.
How to use Windows Disk Cleanup Utility
Windows Disk Cleanup Utility is an inbuilt utility for cleaning junk files. Follow the steps below to access it.
- Open the Run Box by pressing Windows Key + R
- Type ‘cleanmgr’ in the run box and click OK.
- Select the drive which you want to clean up. Select C Drive.
- It scans and shows you a detailed view of all junk files.
- Choose the files which you want to clean up.
- Click the OK button to remove junk files.
Cleaning all the junk files from the computer, you not only free up some space on your computer but also increase the speed and overall performance of the computer.
So, This is how you can remove Junk Files from your Windows Computer. Nowadays, a lot of other third-party software also provides the same features as 360 Total Security, Norton, Mcafee. So, It really doesn’t matter which software you use to remove junk files. The important thing is that you should clean your computer regularly so as to free up some space and increase the speed and performance of the computer. I hope this article helps you to clean your computer and increase the speed of the computer. If you like it then share it with your friends on social media. Also, Subscribe to our newsletter to get the latest updates directly in your inbox and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and google plus.
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