How to Clear Out Deleted Program Files

All personal computers lose some amount of memory and space when documents and files pile up in the system. Junk files and old deleted program files are often not removed from the system unless one goes about removing them permanently. Check your recycling bin periodically to remove old deleted program files forever. Also do a periodic disk clean-up and system restore to get your computer running faster and more efficiently, while making space for files that you will need in the future.


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      Deleted program files are generally placed in the recycling bin on the computer's desktop. To permanently clear out these deleted files, locate the recycling bin on your computer's desktop. Double click on the recycling bin icon to open up the recycling bin's screen. Highlight all files that your would like to delete, and left click mouse to permanently delete selected files.

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      Clear out old deleted files with the disk clean-up tool. In the "start" menu, click on "programs," and then "accessories." From accessories, go the command labeled "system tool," and click on "disk cleanup." The disk cleaning process could take up to several minutes to remove all temporary deleted files stored on the computer.

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      Free up more computer space by deleting old program files with system restore. Go to the control panel under your computer's start menu. Click on "system" and then on the tab labeled "system restore." Clear out old documents by checking and applying "turn off system restore." Then un-check the system restore button to activate it again. Use its slider to determine how much storage space you will need. Choosing to restore the system will help by removing old files and rarely retrieved documents that can clog up the computer.

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