How to Do a Disk Cleanup

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If your Windows PC is slow, making it difficult to use properly, you might need to perform a disk cleanup. To do this, you can use the tool included in the Windows operating system appropriately called "Disk Cleanup." By running this tool, you will remove the clutter stored in temporary folders and other places where unneeded files are stored.

Instructions

    • 1

      Click "Start" and select "Computer."

    • 2

      Right-click on your main hard drive, typically the "C" drive, and select "Properties."

    • 3

      Click "Disk Cleanup" in the "General" tab of the opened "Properties" window. The amount of space you will be able to free up is calculated for you. Depending on how much clutter is stored on your computer, this may take close to a minute to calculate.

    • 4

      Click the check box buttons on the window that displays. You will see the name of each directory along with the size of the bulk in each directory. Select the check box of each directory that has a large file size -- 50 megabytes and up -- and select "OK."

    • 5

      Click "Delete Files" on the message window that appears. Once clicked, the files in the selected directories will be deleted and your computer will run a little more smoothly.

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