Free up Disk Space in Windows 10

Free up Disk Space in Windows 10


Windows 10 comes with a built-in tool that will scan your hard drive to find unnecessary/temporary files that can be safely deleted, with the aim of freeing up valuable disk space. If you're running low on space or want to give your PC a little tune up, it's a handy tool to use.

To begin, search for "Disk Clean-up" on the start menu (you can just press the start button and begin typing the search term). Alternatively, you can start cleanmgr from the run menu (press Windows Key + R to load the run box).

Once you're started the application, you'll be prompted to select a drive to begin. In most cases, you'll want to select the C: and click OK:

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You'll now be shown a list of possible places to delete and save disk space. You can tick boxes from this list and clean them as appropriate - but be aware that you may not want to delete all items (for example the "Downloads" folder is one of the options on this list).

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To recover even more space, you can click the clean up system files button, which will scan additional areas to remove temporary/unnecessary files. This will likely recover even more space for you, but you will need to pay more attention to what you wish to delete:

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Log files, Recycle Bin, Windows Update Clean-up files, Temporary Files and Windows.old will generally recover a lot of space once removed. Click the OK button once you've selected the files to remove.
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