How to Reduce Cache Size


A Windows computer has a specific place on the hard disk where it stores temporary Internet files. This location is the "Cache." Windows determines the size of this file as a percentage of your hard disk space. Whatever the allocated percentage, this reserved space will store the temporary files you accumulate as you browse the Internet. Reduce cache size to free hard disk space for other storage.

  • Click the "Start" button at the bottom left of your desktop.

  • Enter "inetcpl.cpl" into the search field. Click the file when it appears above the search field to open the "Internet Properties" settings for your computer.

  • Find "Browsing History" and click "Settings."

  • Find the field immediately to the right of "Disk Space to Use." You should see a number in this field denoting how much space you are currently allocating to the cache. You should also see a recommended range.

  • Enter "100" in the field. This should be well within the recommended range.

  • Click "OK" to exit the Internet Properties settings.

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