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March 15, 2018
How to remove used files from Windows 10

Most of us know that when we surf the Internet, update Windows and install/uninstall programs, useless files are left on our computer that can be removed and doing so may help speed up the performance of our computer. Here’s an easy way to remove some of these files in Windows 10.

To begin, click the Start button and then click “Settings.” Next, click “System” and then to the left, click “Storage.”

In the center there is a graph that indicates how much space you have available on your system. Click the graph and it will give a breakdown of what type of data occupies your drive(s). Give it some time to compile the results and then scroll down through the list and click “Temporary files.”

I recommend you place a checkmark in the box next to “Temporary files.” You can checkmark the other boxes too, but first, you should look at the downloads folder and the recycle bin to make certain there are no files you want to keep.

For example, look in your downloads folder to see if you want to keep any of those files. Keep in mind that if you need to reinstall a program for a printer or other devices, you may want to keep the file in your downloads folder to help facilitate this.

And lastly, if you checkmark “Previous versions of Windows,” you will not be able to roll your computer back to the previous version. In most cases, it is OK to checkmark this box.

Once you have made your selections, click the “Remove files” button to initiate this procedure. After it runs, you can close the window by clicking the “X” at the top-right.

Do this often to help improve the performance of your computer and to free up hard disk space.

For more than 15 years, Scott Lindsay has helped thousands of people better their skills, publishing more than 500 articles about Apple and Microsoft software, the computer and the Internet. You can reach Scott for comments or questions at

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