Disk Cleanup is a Windows utility that removes unnecessary files from your computer, like temporary files, and frees up space. Have you noticed that your computer has gotten a lot slower lately? Try running a disk cleanup to improve speed, along with Defragmenting Your Hard Drive.
How often should I run Disk Cleanup?
Once every 1 - 2 months or when you notice performance issues with your computer (such as slowness). If you run this every 1 - 2 months, Disk Cleanup will usually take 15 minutes or less. If you rarely run it, it may take up to an hour to run.
Running Disk Cleanup
- From your Start menu, go to All Programs > Accessories > System Utilities > Disk Cleanup.
- The program will begin to automatically scan your computer. (It will not delete anything at this time!)
- The Disk Cleanup window will show you suggestions for files to delete or compress. We recommend deleting files from Temporary Internet Files, Temporary files, and your Recycle Bin.
- Check any options you want to delete/compress. Uncheck any suggestions you do not want to do at this time.
- Click OK to run.