How to Clean Temporary Files on Windows 10 to Get More Storage Space

Regularly removing temporary internet files on Windows 10 PC desktop, laptop and tablet clears the clutter on system drives and gives you vital storage space needed to install other important apps, programs, software and games. In this guide, we are going to look at the best and quickest method to remove temporary files on Windows 10 devices.


If your PC constantly runs into low storage problem or you just can’t get over the low storage problem on your device, it’s time to take a solid step to deal with the issue permanently. Here, we are going to show you how to remove unnecessary temporary files that sit quietly on your system drivers, thus, taking up important storage space without you even realizing it.

Temporary files hold information that apps and programs store on your computer. Windows 10 temporary files are of different types, such as those left behind after updating operating system, error reporting, temporary installation files, upgrade logs and others.

Although these files are harmless but they do end up taking up considerable storage space on hard drives if left to lay on the system for too long. This could prevent the installation of new Windows 10 updates as well as installing programs and apps with large installation files.

Microsoft has improved management of temporary files on Windows 10 operating system by offering a quick way of dealing with them via Settings app and the Disk Cleanup tool.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to delete temporary files on Windows 10, and recover storage space after the installation of a major Windows 10 update, such as the Creators Update and the previous Anniversary Update.

Remove Temporary Files From Settings On Windows 10

You can use the new Settings app in Windows 10 to remove temporary files to reclaim lost storage space. Here’s what you need to do in order to remove temporary files from the Settings app.

1 – Open Settings.

2 – Click on System.

3 – Click on Storage.

4 – Click the primary drive, mostly its the This PC (C:) drive that contain the biggest clutter of temporary files.

5 – Click on Temporary Files.

6 – Choose the files you wish to delete. Temporary files could be of many types, including Download folder files, files from apps, recycle bin, previously installed files, and others.

7 – Click the Remove Files button to remove selected files from system.

8 – All done.

This will remove all selected temporary files from your device, which frees up storage space needed to install new apps and programs.

Use Storage Sense To Automatically Remove Temporary Files On Windows 10

The Windows 10 Creators Update is just around the corner. Starting from the Creators Update, you will be able to use a new Storage Sense feature that will automatically remove temporary files from your computer, including Recycle bin items. This will save you time required for manually deleting files for clearing up storage space. Moreover, it will make sure that your computer never runs low on storage space for new installations.

Here’s how to use Storage Sense for automatic temporary file deletion on Windows 10.

1 – Open Settings.

2 – Click on System.

3 – Click on Storage.

4 – Enable the Storage sense feature by turning the toggle next to it to ON position.

5 – All done.

This will set Windows 10 to automatically delete temporary files when not needed to ensure your device always has optimum storage space available on it. This also deletes files stored in the recycle bin after 30 days.

There is also a new Change how we free up space link that lets you choose whether you want to delete only temporary files or recycle bin files, or both. There is also new Clean now button that helps to recover storage space if you need it immediately.

Remove Temporary Files Using Disk Cleanup

Windows 10 Disk Cleanup utility helps restore storage space lost due to accumulation of temporary files and to free up storage space.

1 – Go to File Explorer.

2 – Click on This PC.

3 – Right-click the Windows 10 Installation drive and select Properties.

4 – Hit the Disk Cleanup button.

5 – Click the Cleanup system files button.

6 – Select the items you wish to delete such as Temporary Windows installation Files, Windows upgrade log files, Recycle Bin files, and others.

7 – Hit OK button.

8 – Click Delete Files to finish the process.

9 – All done.

This will delete all temporary files from your computer. You can now use this extra storage for installing new apps and software.


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