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How To Clean Up Disk Space

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Delete files using Disk Cleanup.

 

If you want to reduce the number of unnecessary files on your hard disk to free up disk space and help your computer run faster, use Disk Cleanup. It removes temporary files, empties the Recycle Bin, and removes a variety of system files and other items that you no longer need. For more information about deleting files from the Recycle Bin.

 

If you have more than one drive or partition on your computer, you will be prompted to choose which drive you want Disk Cleanup to clean.

 

1. Go to Contro Panel

Start>Control Panel

 

2. Click System and Security.

 

3. Under Adminstrative Tools Click Free up disk space. If prompted, select the drive that you want to clean up, and then click OK.

 

4. In the Disk Cleanup dialog box, on the Disk Cleanup tab, select the check boxes for the file types that you want to delete, and then click OK.

 

5. In the message that appears, click Delete files.

 

All unnecessary files will be deleted.

 

Shortcut for Windows7 users.

 

1. Go to System Restore.

Start>All Programs>Accessories>System Tools>Disk Cleanup

 

2. Now follow steps 4 to 5 or 4 to 7.

 

To clean up all files on the computer.

 

1. Go to Contro Panel.

 

2. Click System and Security.

Start>Control Panel>System and Security

 

3. Under Adminstrative Tools Click Free up disk space. If prompted, select the drive that you want to clean up, and then click OK.

 

4. In the Disk Cleanup dialog box, click Clean up system files. If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.


5. In the Disk Cleanup: Drive Selection dialog box, select the hard disk drive that you want to clean up, and then click OK.

 

6. In the Disk Cleanup dialog box, on the Disk Cleanup tab, select the check boxes for the file types that you want to delete, and then click OK.

 

7. In the message that appears, click Delete files.

 

The More Options tab is available when you choose to clean files from all users on the computer. This tab includes two additional ways to free even more disk space:

 

Programs and Features. This option opens Programs and Features in Control Panel, where you can uninstall programs that you no longer use. The Size column in Programs and Features shows how much disk space each program uses.

 

System Restore and Shadow Copies. With this option, you can delete all but the most recent restore point on the disk.

 

System Restore uses restore points to return your system files to an earlier point in time. If your computer is running normally, you can save disk space by deleting the earlier restore points.

 

In some editions of Windows 7, restore points can include previous versions of files, known as shadow copies, and backup images created with Windows Complete PC Backup. These files and images will also be deleted.

 

Shortcut for Windows7 users.

 

1. Go to System Restore.

Start>All Programs>Accessories>System Tools>Disk Cleanup

 

2. Now follow steps 4 to 5 or 4 to 7.