How to Delete Old Files

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Clean up your hard disk by deleting old files.
Clean up your hard disk by deleting old files.

At some point, your computer will get bogged down by old files that you no longer need or use. That is, unless you diligently delete these files and remove them from your system. Removing old files from your computer is a way to stay organized and keep your computer healthy. Deleting large files significantly increases your computer's hard disk space, making the computer run faster and smoother. Use the Disk Cleanup command in Windows 7, Vista and XP to remove old files from your computer.

Instructions

  1. Windows 7

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      Go to the "Start" button in the lower left corner of the screen.

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      Type "Disk Cleanup" in the Search box and hit "Enter." Select "Disk Cleanup" from the results list.

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      Select the hard disk, under "Drives," from where you want to remove the old files. Hit "OK."

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      Click on the boxes next to the file types you wish to delete. This places a check mark next to each file type. Hit "OK."

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      Select "Delete Files" from the dialog box that pops up. Right-click on the Recycle Bin icon on the desktop and select "Empty Recycle Bin" to permanently delete the files.

    Windows Vista

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      Click on the "Start" button and go to "All Programs."

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      Go to "Accessories" and then "System Tools," then click "Disk Cleanup."

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      Select the "All Files" option or choose the "My Own Files" option from the Disk Cleanup Options dialog box.

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      Click on the hard disk you wish to delete files from and hit "OK." Select the "Disk Cleanup" tab.

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      Place a check mark in the boxes next to the files you want deleted. Hit "OK," then select "Delete Files." Right-click on the Recycle Bin icon and select "Empty Recycle Bin."

    Windows XP

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      Go to "Start" and click on "My Computer."

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      Locate the hard disk you wish to delete files from and right-click on it. Select "Properties."

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      Select the tab labeled "General" and go to "Disk Cleanup." Click on the "Disk Cleanup" tab.

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      Click on the boxes to place a check mark next to the files you want deleted. Hit "OK," then click on "Yes" to proceed. Hit "OK."

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      Right-click on the Recycle Bin icon and select "Empty Recycle Bin" to permanently remove the old files.

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