Windows 10: Can I Delete More Stuff from My Computer??

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  1.    30 Sep 2016 #1

    Can I Delete More Stuff from My Computer??


    I already used disk cleanup to clean up my computer of junk. But is it possible to delete even more unnecessary files? I heard that after installing Win 10 that there are some installation files that can be further deleted. Do let me know.
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  2. Posts : 2,592
    10 Home x64 (1703) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       30 Sep 2016 #2

    Yes, leftover installation files and logs, error reports, dump-files, earlier updates that have been superseded and previous restore points can all be deleted using Disk Clean-Up - but only if you click its 'Clean up system files' button.

    To delete all but the latest restore point, look on the 'More options' tab in Disk Clean-Up. This can release several GB of used space.

    Depending on what Disk Clean-Up finds, you may see 'windows update clean-up' and 'previous versions of windows' (if you've just done an upgrade) listed. These will not be ticked by default. You have to deliberately select them. Note that if you delete the old windows version you won't be able to roll back any more.

    The caches for Edge and IE will be cleaned up under 'temporary internet files', but if you use other browsers it can't clean them. You have to go into the browser itself and use its own options to clear its cache.
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  3.    30 Sep 2016 #3

    You can also remove some of the apps that you don't think you will make use of. Here's a tutorial on how you can get that done:
    Apps - Uninstall in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

    HTH
    Jeff
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  4.    30 Sep 2016 #4

    Bree said: View Post
    Note that if you delete the old windows version you won't be able to roll back any more.
    .
    Ok, I already ticked all the item in Dick Cleanup and deleted them. But you said if I delete the 'old windows version' that I can no longer use restore points. Since I deleted everything does that mean I no longer restore my computer? If so how can I get it back? Its important that I use restore points.
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  5. Posts : 2,592
    10 Home x64 (1703) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       30 Sep 2016 #5

    No. The 'old windows version' (if you have that listed) would be a backup of your old system made during an upgrade (such as installing the Anniversary Update). Deleting it removes the option to go back to a previous build. Windows should have deleted this automatically 30 days (10 for the AU) after the upgrade. Sometimes this doesn't happen and you have to delete it yourself with a clean-up. This is quite separate from restore points.

    If you also delete 'all but the latest restore point' you will still have the latest one to go back to, and you are still free to create more restore points (as is Windows when it installs cumulative updates).
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  6.    01 Oct 2016 #6

    Bree said: View Post
    If you also delete 'all but the latest restore point' you will still have the latest one to go back to, and you are still free to create more restore points (as is Windows when it installs cumulative updates).
    Phew!! Thank god. I thought I had lost system restore forever. If you know of other ways to remove unwanted junk let me know.
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    Windows 10 Home x64 (Laptop), Windows 10 Pro x64 (Desktop)
       01 Oct 2016 #7

    In addition to the above, I also use Tree Size Free to check the size of folders and delete user folders I don't need and review the size of installed programs.

    Also, review /delete the files in each users's appdata\local\temp folder and the c:\windows\temp folder.

    Many on the forum use ccleaner in addition to Disk Cleanup.
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  8.    01 Oct 2016 #8

    You could also install Revo Uninstaller or a program that does same thing to uninstall any programs that came with computer and you don't need. It will also clean up all the leftovers normal uninstall leaves behind.
    I also use UnCleaner - Josh Cell Softwares as a very safe post uninstall or general cleanup tool. Occasionally it gets rid of hundreds of MB other programs don't find.
    There's also CCleaner to get rid of accumulated downloaded and cached internet pages which can also take hundreds of MB depending on browser settings.
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  9.    01 Oct 2016 #9

    The Free version of CCleaner can be downloaded here:
    Be sure to click on the Free version only.
    CCleaner - PC Optimization and Cleaning - Free Download
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