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Top 10 ways to speed up Windows 7, 8.1, & 10

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Free up disk space

Mark Coppock/Digital Trends

Your storage devices can accumulate plenty of unnecessary junk over time, but Windows offers a Disk Cleanup tool that makes tidying up a snap. This feature can be used to remove temporary files like cookies and installation files, empty the recycle bin and browser cache, and get rid of a variety of system files and other items. Here’s how to use it:

Windows 7

  1. Open Disk Cleanup by clicking the Start button. In the search box, type Disk Cleanup and then, in the resulting list, click Disk Cleanup.
  2. If the Disk Cleanup: Drive Selection dialog box appears, select the hard disk drive that you want to clean up, and then click OK.
  3. If you want to see system files as well, then click the Clean up system files button. This will show files that the system might use — such as service pack backup files — that can save space but might have to be installed again at some point in the future. If you’re prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
  4. In the Disk Cleanup dialog box, in the Disk Cleanup tab, select the check boxes for the file types that you want to delete, and then click OK.
  5. In the caution window that appears, click Delete files.

Windows 8.1

  1. Open Disk Cleanup by clicking on the Start button. Then, click the Search button, type Disk Cleanup in the search bar, and select Free up disk space by deleting unnecessary files.
  2. If the Disk Cleanup: Drive Selection dialog box appears, select the hard disk drive that you want to clean up, and then click OK.
  3. If you want to see system files as well, then click the Clean up system files button. This will show files that the system might use — such as service pack backup files — that can save space but might have to be installed again at some point in the future. If you’re prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
  4. Click the Disk Cleanup tab, and then select the check boxes for the files you want to delete.
  5. When you finish selecting the files you want to delete, click OK, and then click Delete files to confirm your decision. Disk Cleanup will then proceed to remove all unnecessary files from your computer.

Windows 10

  1. Place your cursor in the Cortana search box, type Disk Cleanup, and then select Disk Cleanup from the resulting list to open the utility.
  2. The rest of the process is the same as for Windows 8.1.
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