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Cleanup Hard Disk

The Disk Cleanup tool helps you free up space on your hard disk to improve the performance of your computer. The tool identifies files that you can safely delete, and then enables you to choose whether you want to delete some or all of the identified files.


Why Cleanup

  • Remove temporary Internet files.
  • Remove downloaded program files (such as Microsoft ActiveX controls and Java applets).
  • Empty the Recycle Bin.
  • Remove Windows temporary files such as error reports.
  • Remove optional Windows components that you don't use.
  • Remove installed programs that you no longer use.
  • Remove unused restore points and shadow copies from System Restore.
Tip: Typically, temporary Internet files take the most amount of space because the browser caches each page you visit for faster access later.

How to Cleanup

There are many ways to cleanup disk space, here I will list my preferred:

Use TuneUp Utilities [Recommended]

Once you install TuneUp Utilities it will keep scanning your computer for unused temporary files and will delete them automatically. (When your computer is idle)
But if you want to use more option to gain more disk space, open TuneUp Utilities and go to 'Gain Disk Space'


Use TFC

Use CCleaner

  • I suggest only use CCleaner if you cannot afford to buy TuneUp Utilities and you want a clean up tool that remove programs history (History, cookies etc). To learn more about CCleaner Click Here.

Use Disk Cleanup

Window 7 users

  1. Click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, click System Tools, then clickDisk Cleanup. If several drives are available, you might be prompted to specify which drive you want to clean.
  2. When Disk Cleanup has calculated how much space you can free, in the Disk Cleanup for dialog box, scroll through the content of the Files to delete list.

  3. Clear the check boxes for files that you don't want to delete, and then click OK.
  4. For more options, such as cleaning up System Restore and Shadow copy files, under Description, click Clean up system files, then click the More Options tab.
  5. When prompted to confirm that you want to delete the specified files, click Yes.
After a few minutes, the process completes and the Disk Cleanup dialog box closes, leaving your computer cleaner and performing better.

Windows XP users

  1. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Disk Cleanup. If several drives are available, you might be prompted to specify which drive you want to clean.

  2. In the Disk Cleanup for dialog box, scroll through the content of the Files to delete list.

  3. Clear the check boxes for files that you don't want to delete, and then click OK.
  4. When prompted to confirm that you want to delete the specified files, click Yes.
After a few minutes, the process completes and the Disk Cleanup dialog box closes, leaving your computer cleaner and performing better.
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