How to Clean the Windows Cache

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The Temporary Internet Files folder in Windows is often referred to as the cache. The cache includes a history of the files, images and sounds you have seen, heard or downloaded while browsing the Web when using Internet Explorer. Windows uses Internet Explorer as the default Web browser. Holding these files in the cache can make browsing the Web quicker because Internet Explorer will revert to the cache files on pages you visit often instead of re-loading the same images and content every time you visit a site.

  • Open "Internet Explorer." The browser appears on your screen.

  • Click the "Tools" menu at the top of the page. Click "Internet Options" at the bottom of the drop-down menu.

  • Click the "General" tab in the new window. Under the "Temporary Internet Files" section, click "Delete Files."

  • Click "OK" when the screen asks if you are sure you want to delete the files. Click "OK" again. You have now cleaned the Windows cache.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can set the cache to clear every time you close Internet Explorer by clicking on the "Advanced" tab and selecting "Empty Temporary Internet Files folder when browser is closed."

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