How to free up drive space on your PC

Over time your PC will fill up with junk files. Windows has a built-in utility to help regain that space.

Use Disk Cleanup

Cleaning out your PC on a regular basis frees up drive space and helps it run better. One of the easiest ways to clean up files you no longer need is by using Disk Cleanup.

  1. Open Disk Cleanup by clicking the Start button . In the search box, type Disk Cleanup, and then, in the list of results, select Disk Cleanup.
  2. If prompted, select the drive that you want to clean up, and then select OK.
  3. In the Disk Cleanup dialog box in the Description section, select Clean up system files.
  4. If prompted, select the drive that you want to clean up, and then select OK.
  5. In the Disk Cleanup dialog box, on the Disk Cleanup tab, select the check boxes for the file types that you want to delete, and then select OK. To remove data from a previous installation of Windows, select the Previous Windows installation(s) check box.
  6. In the message that appears, select Delete files.
  7. Go back to Computer in File Explorer, select the drive you cleaned up, and then select Refresh.

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