How to Delete Windows 10 Temporary Files (THE RIGHT WAY)

the size of temporary file

Your Windows 10 PC is just become slower every day. Storage space left just get fewer and fewer. You have no more space to install new software. Gaming experience is becoming worse, always lag. So browsing the internet is. You experience a problem in your PC that you don’t know why it is happening. Here’s a quick answer: you may have too much temporary files. This article is going to cover how to delete those.

If you use your PC for years and never clean up temporary files, you may experience some problems that are slowing down the performance of your Windows 10 PC. Deleting those temporary files is important to pump up performance and thus you can get your busy work done faster than ever. Removing those unnecessary files could also improve your productivity in the long term.

Deleting temporary files in Windows 10 could be done in three different ways. First, you can do using Windows 10’s Settings app. Second, you can do by using Disk Cleanup feature that is also available in Windows 7/8/8.1. Third, you can do so by using CCleaner, our favorite Windows 10 utility that could improve the way we work in front of computer by deleting some temporary, gigantic files permanently.

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How to Delete Windows 10 Temporary Files through Settings App

To delete Windows 10 temporary files using Settings, you can open the app by right-clicking the Start button. Or, press Windows Logo + X at the same time. This will open a context menu showing Settings button that leads to the app. Tap Settings.

how to delete windows 10 temporary files to free up some space

Now, just tap System. Windows 10 Settings app has many categories that are simplified, unlike Control Panel. Even though some users might hate Settings app, it actually a lot simpler to be used, to clean up temporary files for instance.

settings app on windows 10 allows you to free up some space by deleting some unnecessary and temporary files

Now, this is getting a little bit more complicated. But don’t worry, you can remove any kind of temporary files here. Either all of them, or selecting each of them specifically. Tap Storage.

storage on settings app windows 10 showing how much space left

Your Windows 10 PC may have more than one disk partition. Most people would just clean up temporary files on the system partition, which is usually located in (C:). You can see each partition’s free space left and used. Tap the partition you would like to remove temporary files from.

freeing up space and calculating how much temporary files size you would delete

Now, your Settings app need a little bit more time to calculate how much temporary files you have. Here, you would see general Temporary files. If you want to remove temporary files from apps and games, or more categories, you can tap that. In this tutorial, I tap Temporary files.

the size of temporary file

Now, after tapping that thing, you would notice that the Settings app a little bit get stuck. That’s fine. The app is trying to calculate and scan what those temporary files are. It could be gigantic, meaning it could takes more time to clean up because the file size is just so big. You can wait this for about 5 minutes.

calculating temporary files size

After the scanning is done, you will see complete list of temporary files that is in the system. You can check each stuff that you want to delete, and you can uncheck them if you want to keep them. Tap Remove files to confirm removing those temporary files right away.

listing temporary files you can delete right now on windows 10

The process of cleaning up temporary files could take more than an hour, depending on how big the total temporary files is. Be aware of what you clean, because if you clean the wrong things, you would end up slowing down your Windows 10 PC even more.

Remove All Windows 10 Temporary Files through Disk Cleanup

Deleting temporary files through Disk Cleanup feature is a little bit harder. It’s because the Settings app has been designed to replace Disk Cleanup, but you would probably encounter more options that let you choose more hidden temporary files. Like from Recycle Bin or windows.old files.

To do this, open File Explorer. Right click at the disk partition you would like to delete temporary files from. Tap Properties.

using disk cleanup to clean temporary files

Here, you can see more details about your disk partition. Tap Disk Cleanup to cleanup those temporary files right away.

seeing how much space left in your harddisk and button to delete temporary files

Now, this feature would take more times to scan those temporary files. Wait for about 10 minutes.

calculating how much temporary files you have

Now, you just need to check and uncheck everything you want to delete. To start cleaning up the temporary files out of your system, just tap Clean up system files. Note that this require administrator account to do this, tap Yes when a message pop out.

listing how much temporary files so you can delete it right now

Another Alternative to Delete Temporary Files in Better Way: CCleaner

There’s another better alternative when it comes to cleaning up your Windows 10 temporary files. CCleaner could scan more than Disk Cleanup and Settings app could do. I don’t know exactly how this program works, but they do a great job at cleaning temporary files, registry entries, and more. This could make your PC run faster.

Download CCleaner

First, download the app from the link above. Install it. Tap Install to install the app right away.

how to install ccleaner to remove data

The installation process could take more times that you might think. After the installation is done, just tap Run CCleaner.

how to remove data

They would show a simple introduction. Tap analyze and scan temporary files you would like to delete, just tap Analyze.

using ccleaner to remove temporary files

At some point, you may get this kind of message if you open an app that the temporary files is required to be deleted. Tap Close All to continue analyzing temporary files.

remove temporary files on windows 10 by analyzing it

CCleaner with start analyzing and scanning files. Wait for about 10 minutes.

analyzing your windows 10 pc temporary files

Now, CCleaner has done scanning the files. Now, you just need to select which temporary files you would like to delete.

showing what temporary files you want to remove on ccleaner

You may want to choose what browser the files you want to clean up from.

choosing what temporary files you want to remove

You can also choose what kind of temporary items that you want to clean and don’t want to clean.

cleaning up temporary files

Selecting which temporary files you want to delete is done? Let’s tap Clean Selected.

remove temporary files using ccleaner

Then, CCleaner would take times to cleaning up your Windows 10 PC.

removing proceed

Now, deleting temporary files is done!

removing temporary files is done


Now you’ve learned how to delete Windows 10 temporary files in easy and the right way. If you have some kind of feedback, just leave it in the comment below.

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