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Delete Temporary Files using Disk Cleanup Utility in Windows – Beginners Guide

We have already seen what are Temporary Files in Windows. Temporary Files in Windows are those junk files whose use is only temporary and become redundant once the task at hand is completed. These Temporary Files should get deleted once the program exits. But this is not always the case, leading to wasted disk space.

While the presence of these Temporary Files will not really affect the performance of your operating system, deleting them regularly is just a matter of good house-keeping practice, and one should do so, regularly. How frequently you should do depends on how aggressively you use your computer. But for most users, I believe, deleting such Temporary Files once a month at least should be good enough.

Disk Cleanup in Windows

Today, I am going to write about the steps to take to delete the temporary files in Windows 10/8, using the built-in Disk Cleanup Utility. This post has been written keeping in mind the beginners, who may not be aware how to use the tool.

Let me describe it step by step:

Steps to Delete Temporary Files in Windows 10/8/7

The Disk Cleanup utility in Windows 10/8 is almost similar to that we used to get in Windows 7.

You can also access the Disk Cleanup Utility by going into the properties of Drive C directly.

Step 1 – Go to My Computer and right-click on Drive C. Then click on ‘Properties’. 

Step 2 – You will come up with a box showing Local Disk C Properties. Click on ‘Disk Cleanup’.

The rest is same as the Step 3, Step 4 and Step 5 mentioned above.

Need to clean more?

Go here to find out more ways to free up & increase hard disk space on Windows computer. You can also use freeware junk files cleaners like CCleaner or Quick Clean to easily delete the Temporary & Junk Files in Windows.

In Windows 10 v1703, you can also delete files & clean up your Hard Disk via Windows 10 Settings.

See this post if Disk Cleanup button is missing.