Performing a disk cleanup on a computer that has Windows is easy and hassle free. It is great for the inexperienced computer user as it deletes the files for you and is therefore safer than doing it yourself. The disk cleanup can delete unused and temporary files from your hard drive. Files such as the ones in the recycle bin, temporary internet files, downloaded files, compressed old files, and more.
Where is the disk cleanup tool?
- Go to the Start Menu in the bottom left and choose all programs
- Then Choose Accessories, then System Tools.
- Here you will see the Windows Tools available.
- Choose Disk cleanup from the menu.
- It will then ask you to select a drive. It usually starts with C: which is the main drive.
- Press ok when you have chosen a drive.
- Then it will show you the disk cleanup window for the drive you selected.
- Put a tick in the boxes if you would like those files deleted. For example if you want the temporary files or the recycle bin files deleted then put a tick next to them.
- Press ok for the process to start.
- You can also go to the next tab for more option. It will clean up a few other things that may be taking up space.
- You should use disk cleanup before you perform any other maintenance like defragging your computer as there is no point moving unwanted files around.
Also see this video below showing you how to use disk cleanup to delete files.