Windows 10: How To Find And Delete Unnecessary Files?

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  1.    22 Oct 2016 #1

    How To Find And Delete Unnecessary Files?


    Hi all, I want to find and delete files that are taking up space. I mainly want to find large files that I'm unaware of.

    I've already run the Windows 10 app "Disk Clean Up" and it deleted about 2GB worth of files.

    Any help would be great!
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  2.    22 Oct 2016 #2

    I don't want to install a 3rd party app as this would mean I'm giving the app access to all of my files...
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  3. Posts : 1,750
    Windows 10 Home x64 (Laptop), Windows 10 Pro x64 (Desktop)
       23 Oct 2016 #3

    CCleaner is good but it's a 3rd party program. You can do the following yourself:

    1. Clear the browser cache for all users
    2. Delete the files in c:\windows\temp
    3. Delete the files in %localappdata%\temp for each user
    4. Unistall programs not needed
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  4.    23 Oct 2016 #4

    Thanks!

    I did as you suggested, but is there something else I can do to find large files then decide if I want to delete them or not?
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  5. Posts : 1,750
    Windows 10 Home x64 (Laptop), Windows 10 Pro x64 (Desktop)
       23 Oct 2016 #5

    NiceAndShy said: View Post
    Thanks!

    I did as you suggested, but is there something else I can do to find large files then decide if I want to delete them or not?
    Yes! Tree Size Free is excellent. It is 3rd party but quite safe to use - just be sure of the files you are deleting. See https://www.jam-software.com/treesize_free/
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  6. Posts : 16,183
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 14393, Windows 10 Insider Fast Ring, Windows 8.1 Update, Ubuntu
       23 Oct 2016 #6

    As you wish not to install a 3rd party app, just go to Settings>System>Storage and click an view around.
    when necessary, it will open File Explorer to view if & when needed.
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  7.    23 Oct 2016 #7

    ccleaner would save you a lot of manual work and time.
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  8.    23 Oct 2016 #8

    Cliff S said: View Post
    As you wish not to install a 3rd party app, just go to Settings>System>Storage and click an view around.
    when necessary, it will open File Explorer to view if & when needed.
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    Wow, this is the first time I'm seeing this feature in Windows 10! I'm checking it out now! Thank you!!!
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  9. Posts : 16,183
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 14393, Windows 10 Insider Fast Ring, Windows 8.1 Update, Ubuntu
       23 Oct 2016 #9

    NiceAndShy said: View Post
    Wow, this is the first time I'm seeing this feature in Windows 10! I'm checking it out now! Thank you!!!
    You're welcome.
    There are a lot of... not hidden... but, also not obvious things in settings.
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  10.    25 Oct 2016 #10

    But if I delete "hidden" files isn't it possible for me to delete important files...? :'( :'(
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