How to Remove Junk Files from Windows Computer

If you want to speed up your computer, it’s important to remove junk files from your Windows Computer. Before I explain to you how to remove junk files from your Windows Computer, Let me First explain to you what all different types of junk files present in your computer which can be safely removed. So, you should understand which files you can remove safely before you actually go ahead and do the cleanup of your windows computer.

 Windows Junk Files Which You Can Safely Clean

So, here is the Introduction to all the types of junk files present in your Windows computer. So, when it’s time to clean the system, you should aware of all types of files which you can remove safely.

  • Recycle Bin Files

When you delete a file or a folder from your computer, it isn’t permanently removed rather it will go in your recycle bin folder. It also consumes space in your C drive and makes your computer run slower. So, It is completely safe to remove all items from recycle bin. You can also recover the things from recycle bin if you accidentally delete any file or folder. Also, you can clean recycle bin manually just by right click on recycle bin and select empty recycle bin option.

  • Temporary Files Windows

Whenever you open any application on your computer, there are few associated files which are running in the background. These files contain all unsaved work and configuration settings of the programs. These associated files are located in the temp folder in  C drive and known as temporary files. Sometimes these temporary files remain in the temp folder even after we close the program. These files create junk in your computer and hamper the overall performance of the computer. It is safe to remove these temporary files from your computer to free up some space and to increase the speed of the computer.

  • Previous Windows Installation Files

if you upgrade your windows from any old windows to the latest one then you would see some previous Windows installation files. It is located on your C drive with the name of Windows.old. You can recover any file from your previous windows like from Documents, Pictures or Downloads folder. Otherwise, you can delete all installation files because they are of no use and they occupy a lot of space in your C Drive. These files can be deleted manually. Just Go to the C Drive on your computer. Find the Windows.old folder and delete it.

  • Offline Webpages

Sometimes your web browser saves some web pages offline so that it can load faster next time you visit the same web page. These offline pages occupy space in your C Drive and can slow down your computer. It may increase your internet speed but it will slow down your computer. Nowadays almost everyone has good internet connection. So, it’s better to clean these offline web pages so as to increase the speed and overall performance of the computer.

  • Temporary Internet Files

Whenever you go online to access any website. There are few files which download to your computer automatically. These files are known as cookies. Cookies contain information like your sessions, how much time you spent on one particular website, which pages your visit, your browsers, your IP address and other details. Other than cookies temporary internet files also contains your saved forms, passwords, bookmarks, browsing history etc.  So, It totally depends on you which information you want to keep or which information you want to delete. You can delete some automatically downloaded files, Browsing History etc and keep others like bookmarks, saved passwords and forms etc.

  • Thumbnails

Thumbnails are the small pic of the original image for a representational purpose. Whenever you save any image to your computer. Windows will automatically create thumbnails for each image. But when you delete images, these thumbnails still remain on the computer. So, you need to delete these thumbnails manually. These thumbnails create junk on your computer and slow down your computer. So, it is safe to delete all thumbnails from your computer.

  • Log Files

Your windows computer creates logs for every event like when you download, install or uninstall any program or when your Windows encounters any error, it creates error logs files or dumps files. This also includes setup log files, Delivery Optimization Files, Error Logs etc. These all are just the log files in your computer and they do not have any impact on any installed program or windows feature. So you can safely remove all the log files from your computer.

How to Remove Junk Files on Windows Computer

In order to remove junk files from your computer, you can either use Windows Disk Cleanup or you can use third party software like CCleaner. Windows Disk Cleanup is a pre-install disk cleanup utility which is available in all version of Windows like Windows 7, 8, 8.1 & 10. Both softwares are equally efficient. However, there are few differences in both.

  • In Windows Disk clean up you need to run scans manually whereas, in CCleaner, it automatically scans your computer for junk files at regular interval of time.
  • Windows Disk Cleanup doesn’t scan third-party browsers like Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome.
  • Windows Disk Cleanup only do the basic cleanup of the drive whereas CCleaner cleans the deep areas of your windows.
  • Windows Disk Cleanup also not able to fix registry problems whereas CCleaner fixes all registry errors efficiently.

How to use Windows Disk Cleanup Utility

Windows Disk Cleanup Utility is an inbuilt utility for cleaning junk files. Follow the steps below to access it.

  1. Open the Run Box by pressing Windows Key + R
  2. Type ‘cleanmgr’ in the run box and click OK.
  3. Select the drive which you want to clean up. Select C Drive.
  4. It scans and shows you a detailed view of all junk files.
  5. Choose the files which you want to clean up.
  6. Click the OK button to remove junk files.

Disk Cleanup

By Cleaning all the junk files from the computer, you not only free up some space on your computer but also increase the speed and overall performance of the computer.


So, This is how you can remove Junk Files from your Windows Computer. Nowadays, a lot of other third party softwares also provide the same features like 360 Total Security, Norton, Mcafee. So, It really doesn’t matter which software you use to remove junk files. The important thing is that you should clean your computer regularly so as to free up some space and increase the speed and performance of the computer. I hope this article helps you to clean your computer and increase the speed of the computer. If you like it then share it with your friends on social media. Also, Subscribe our newsletter to get the latest updates directly in your inbox and follow us on facebook, twitter and google plus.

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