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    Delete Temporary Files in Windows 10

    How to Delete Temporary Files in Windows 10
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    24 Dec 2017
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    How to Delete Temporary Files in Windows 10

    information   Information
    You can remove temporary files to free up disk space on your drives. This can delete temporary files, empty Downloads folder, empty Recycle Bin, delete previous version of Windows, and remove a variety of other items that you might no longer need.

    This tutorial will show you how to safely delete temporary files from your drives in Windows 10.

    warning   Warning
    If you select (check) to delete the Previous version of Windows item, you will no longer be able to go back to the previous version of Windows.



    Here's How:

    1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the System icon.

    2. Click/tap on Storage on the left side, and click/tap on the Windows C: drive under Storage on the right side. (see screenshot below)
    Note   Note
    You can also select other listed drives (if available) to remove temporary files (if available) from them as well.


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    3. Click/tap on Temporary files. (see screenshot below)

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    4. Click/tap on the items you want to remove to select (check) them, and click/tap on the Remove files button. (see screenshot below)

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    That's it,
    Shawn


  1.    4 Days Ago #1

    From storage usage I can see that the temporary files are 13 GB, however when I go there the nubmers dont add up to 13 GB, but theres a part that says Updates 12GB. how can i delete them?
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  2. Posts : 31,424
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18219
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       4 Days Ago #2

    Hello Mikey,

    You should be able to check the items you want deleted.

    If you don't see an option to delete them, then go ahead and post a screenshot showing that area to see what's going on.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  3.    3 Days Ago #3

    Brink said: View Post
    Hello Mikey,

    You should be able to check the items you want deleted.

    If you don't see an option to delete them, then go ahead and post a screenshot showing that area to see what's going on.
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    The C:\windows folder is 38.0 GB
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18219
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       3 Days Ago #4

    In addition to that, you might also see what you can clean using Disk Cleanup.

    Open and Use Disk Cleanup in Windows 10
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    Triple boot - Win 10 Pro, Win 10 Pro Insider (2) - (and a sprinkling of VMs)
       3 Days Ago #5

    Something odd here.... looks like one of those Windows.old that will not go away. And the Updates part I don't recall seeing before. Are they pending?

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  6.    3 Days Ago #6

    ityea, it says I can only clean 894 MB of space :s
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       3 Days Ago #7

    qwertymikey said: View Post
    ityea, it says I can only clean 894 MB of space :s
    Check here, and seee if you have anything "pending" or it's asking for a restart, or any other weird error messages. Post a pic if appropriate.

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  8.    3 Days Ago #8

    @f14tomcat I dont have the windows.old folder. I upgraded to the 1803 version but had to roll back to 1709 because of audio problems. After that I noticed that the C: free space decreased. I have no pending installs, but I dont want to click in "check for updates" in case it forces me to install the 1803 version again :-/. This laptop is just 2 days old.
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       3 Days Ago #9

    qwertymikey said: View Post
    @f14tomcat I dont have the windows.old folder. I upgraded to the 1803 version but had to roll back to 1709 because of audio problems. After that I noticed that the C: free space decreased. I have no pending installs, but I dont want to click in "check for updates" in case it forces me to install the 1803 version again :-/. This laptop is just 2 days old.
    Just looking in there will not force anything. You might want to go in the Advanced Options part of that screen and pause updates till this is investigated.

    It may have already re-downloaded the updates, and is waiting..though 12GB sounds high. Could be 1803 and other stuff. Won't know unless you look. Just don't click anything.
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