Junk files are files that remain on your computer after a task has been performed. Sometimes, Windows or some program needs to create temporary files while doing some task and then forgets to delete the temporary files it created. As time goes by, your computer is full of junk files in the form of temporary files, log files, downloaded files, and unwanted/unnecessary Windows registry entries.
Where you can find junk files on your computer:
There can be multiple locations where you can find junk files on your computer. Here are some main places where you can find such files.
- If we talk typically about junk files, then they can be browser caches or temporary files on the disk.
- In downloads folder we often find files which we have downloaded for one-time use but they are still there on the disk.
- Leftovers of uninstalled programs can also be considered as junk.
- If you have more than one copy of the same file, then it can also be considered as junk.
Now follow the below methods to remove the junk files from the Windows 10 PC in order to improve the running speed and PC performance.
Using the Disk Cleanup Tool:
- In the search box on the taskbar, type disk cleanup, and select Disk Cleanup from the list of results.
- Select the drive you want to clean up, and then select OK.
- Under Files to delete, select the file types to get rid of. To get a description of the file type, select it.
- Select OK.
If you need to free up more space, you can also delete system files:
- In Disk Cleanup, select Clean up system files.
- Select the file types to get rid of. To get a description of the file type, select it.
- Select OK.
Deleting files from temp folder: To delete all the temporary files follow the below steps:
- Press Windows key + R to open the Run command. Then type “temp” in the search field and press OK.
- Now, select all temp files using ctrl + A and then press delete.
To delete the local temporary files follow the below steps:
- Press Windows key + R to open the Run command. Then type “%temp%” in the search field and press OK.
- Now, select all local temp files using ctrl + A and then press delete.
Empty the Recycle Bin Permanently:
- If you are using Windows 10, go to “Settings” > “System” > “Storage”.
- Then, select “This PC” and click on “Temporary files”. In the new window find and click the option “Empty recycle bin”.
- Press Delete to confirm.