Disk Cleanup – How to Help Speed Up Your Computer

slow computerDoes your laptop or desktop seem a little slow, or maybe a lot slower than it use to? Maybe you need to run a disk cleanup on your C: hard drive!

See, over time, lots of useless temporary files, system files and other stuff, builds up on your main hard disk, taking up space that can cause it to bog down. But with just a few clicks and Ok’s here and there, you can remove some of this clutter, and perhaps help make your computer run a little smoother! So here I will show you a simple way to do that.

How to do a hard disk cleanup!

file explorer1st, you will need to find your C drive: On windows 10, go to your start menu in the bottom left corner and click on it. When the menu pops up, look for the folder icon that will say File Explorer when you mouse over it, and click on it. On Windows 7, click on your start menu and look for “Computer” on the right side and click on it. 

Now in the left window pane, you should see a list, and you will find “This Computer”, and click on it. You should then see in the window to the right, Local Disk (C:), like in the pic below.

local disk c

Right click on the Local Disk (C:) and click on Properties, at the bottom of the list.computer

properties2Then you should see a box that looks like the one on the right, and under the tab that says General. Now click the button located a little more then half way down on the right that says, Disk Cleanup.


A box should pop up that says, Calculating how much space you will be able to free on (C): It might take a little while to go through that, depending on how much stuff has built up. When done, you should now see a box that has a list with boxes checked next to them.

disk cleanup

Check all the boxes in the list (Note: with the Oct 2018 windows 10 update, they have included the Downloads folder! Be careful checking this box, or you will delete whatever files you have downloaded to it). It will not hurt anything to delete all of these files. Any system files that Windows uses that are shown in this list, get recreated as you use your computer. Then click on the Ok button at the bottom. Then another box will popup and ask if you are sure. Click, Delete Files. This also may take a little time depending on how much stuff was built up.

delete files

And there you go, you just cleaned the hard disk! You can do this as often as you want to. And, you can repeat the process to check if it did it.

Coming soon! I will also show you how to clean up your internet browser. So stay tuned! If you have questions, send me an email or post it in a comment below.

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