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Windows 10: how to clean the system and the hard drive, without additional software

Maj. the November 22, 2019 18 h 56 min

Do you feel that Windows 10 is starting to run out of steam and that the hard drive is running out of space? Here's how to gain dozens of GBs, only using Windows tools and without installing any superfluous programs.

How to Clean Windows 10

You probably find: over the updates and application facilities, Windows 10 nen finishes more than stun. In a few months, it is not unusual to see the OS several tens. So much so that available hard drive or SSD space is shrinkingthat we can be short of space on a small configuration, and that the system sometimes knows slowdowns for no reason.

While there are dozens of software that can clean the hard drive and the system, but they are not all very good reputation. Some are so inefficient (but make you believe otherwise by showing you statistics), as you install adware without warning. However, the very famous CCleaner had a bad time, he who was accused in 2018 despionner users.

From our side, to carry out our great cleaning operation, we decided not to use any additional software. Even so, basic Windows 10 has everything you need to clean the hard drive effectively. It will be a shame to deprive oneself of it. Therefore, say goodbye to obsolete, useless files and old installations of Windows. Here's how to win dozens of GB and operate a good big household on your hard drive.

Erase unnecessary files from Windows 10

  1. We will not make you an affront to advise you to empty your Trash, it is certain that you already know how to do it for ages. Windows 10, on the other hand, is an important new feature, and many users are passing through it. The system embeds a tool to erase in a few clicks all unnecessary files. To access it, click on Start menu, then select your favorite settings (the one that is symbolized by a rim wheel). In the window that opens, then go to the option system, then click Storage. How to Clean Windows 10
  2. Meeting on Temporary files. You should find that a large amount of data is on your hard disk, especially if you have never run the Storage Wizard. First, you should see a section entitled Previous Windows installation (s). This space can occupy several tens of GB on the hard disk, as shown in the screenshot below. It can come from an old version of the system (Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1) or from a previous installation of Windows 10. The system benefits from a big update every 6 months, but keeps on the disk all the files necessary to uninstall this same update in case of problems. Therefore, it keeps 4 or 5 GB of files corresponding to the old installation of Windows 10. Finally, last case: you are part of the Windows Insider program, which consists of testing all beta versions of Windows 10. Again, all the previous ones are kept unless you decide otherwise. And can go fast! In all cases, and if you feel the current version of Windows 10 stable enough, you can delete all these files, to save space on your hard drive. You can therefore check the previous section (s) installation (s) of Windows. How to Clean Windows 10
  3. We do not recommend checking the Downloads section, especially if you are like using the corresponding folder to store all the programs, documents or photos that are sent to you. This section is brought to disappear when you next update Windows 10. However, you can check the options Delivery optimization files, as well as Windows Upgrade Log Files. How to Clean Windows 10
  4. The last sections Miniatures, Temporary Internet Files, DirectX Shader Cap and Windows error report and comments and diagnostics can also be checked, but they should not make you win a place on the hard disk. Once you have checked all these sections, go back to the top of the Temporary Files window and click Delete files. After a few seconds, you should already have gained several GB on the hard drive. How to Clean Windows 10

Remove default installed applications

1. As soon as it is installed, Windows 10 installs more than twenty games and applications that you do not necessarily use. In some cases, it may be a simple shortcut, not the full application, which only takes 16 KB. But in other cases, it is the installation file, or even the complete application, that Windows 10 has recorded. Bubble Witch 3 Saga, Candy Crush Soda Saga, Disney Magic Kingdoms… Do you have anything to do with it? Always from the module settings > system > Storage, click on Applications and features (You can also go to this section by selecting the functions settings > applications).

How to Clean Windows 10

You should see a list of all the applications that you have installed yourself, but also those that have been installed the installation of Windows 10. Select the ones you want to delete, click on Uninstall, and everything is played. Note that you can classify these same applications by size rather than by name, which makes it easier to find the greediest.

How to Clean Windows 10

Automatically delete all unnecessary files

  1. You can have Windows automatically and automatically erase certain files. Windows 10 has its own self-cleaning system. To do this, return to settings > system > Storage. Click on Configure the Storage Wizard or run it now. How to Clean Windows 10
  2. Make sure the Storage Wizard is set to Activ. In the game Run the Storage Wizard, you can determine when it should be started: either when you run out of space on your hard drive, or regular intervals (every day, every week or every month). How to Clean Windows 10
  3. In the Temporary Files section, you can also set the erasure rate for these same files. A daily removal may not be useful, but you can at least set it on 14 days. How to Clean Windows 10
  4. Finally, from the Storage Assistant settings, you also have the option of setting the OneDrive space on your hard disk. If some files are never local consults, you can make sure that they are erased from the hard drive, while kept online. From the OneDrive feature of the wizard, you can set the frequency of their removal locally (every day, every 14 days, every 30 days, or every 60 days). Finally, if you really do not find any use of OneDrive, know that you can easily disable it or uninstall it. How to Clean Windows 10