Clean Files and Programs

This category mainly focuses on removing excess files from your computer.

Step 1: Recycle

When you delete a file, it is not removed from your computer; it is only placed in the recycling bin. You need to empty your recycling bin to remove files from your computer.

The fewer files you have on your hard drive, the faster your computer will run.

To delete files permanently, go to your desktop, right-click on the recycling icon and click “Empty Recycle Bin,” Or you can open the recycling bin and delete the files.

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Once the “Delete Multiple Items” windows pops up click “Yes” to delete the file(s).

Repeat this process every time you delete something.

Step 2: Desktop

Having a desktop that is full of applications and files can reduce the speed of your computer and make things look disorganized. Reorganizing your desktop is an excellent option in speeding up your computer.

The best thing in my opinion to do is to create a folder with everything on your desktop in it except for the recycling bin.

Right-click on your desktop, hover over “New” then click on “Folder,” name the folder whatever you like, I will call mine “All.”

Select all of the files except for the All folder and the recycling bin, and put the files in the All folder.

You could also organize your files into specific folders either within the “All” folder or on the desktop. The “All” folder option is just a quick fix to speed up your computer.

Step 3: Downloads

It is a great idea to delete files you don’t need, and a lot of the unneeded files are in your downloads folder.

Space Sniffer is a program that helps you quickly visualize the amount of space each file is taking up within each folder; it is excellent for removing unneeded files that are taking up a lot of space.

First go to the link to download Space Sniffer: Click Here

Click on the “downloads” tab; you can either choose the “FossHub” option or another option.

Click “Download,” and your file should be downloaded as a zip file.

Once it is done downloading, transfer your zip file to your desired location.

Extract your file using a program for unzipping files; I am using Winrar, if you do not have Winrar you can download it here: Click Here

On the winrar website to download winrar, click on the “WinRAR x86 (32 bit) 5.71” if you have a 32 bit operating system; click on the “WinRAR x64 (64 bit) 5.71” if you have a 64 bit operating system.

Open the file and then open the SpaceSniffer application.

Select the hard drive you would like to analyze and click “Start.” The process will begin analyzing your hard drive until completion; I recommend to wait until it is has reached 100% before going through your files in the program.

Once the process is completed, you will be able to visualize the amount of space occupied by files and folders.

Step 5: Uninstall Programs

The more programs you have on your computer, the slower it will run overall, I would recommend that you uninstall any program or game that you do not need or want.

Click on the start menu and type in “control panel,” and click on “Control Panel.”

Under “Programs,” click on “Uninstall programs,” all of your programs and games will be listed.

An excellent way to start uninstalling programs is to start out uninstalling the big programs. First, you can click on the “Size” column until it shows the largest programs and games first.

Step 6: Disk Cleanup

Disk Cleanup removes files that are temporary and not in use, so they stop using space on your computer.

Click on the start menu, type “Disk Cleanup” and click enter or click on the search result.

If you have multiple drives, select the desired drive to clean and click “OK.”

Once the scan is complete, there will be a window under “Files to delete:” select the files that are desirable to delete (they are all safe to delete), then select “OK,” a window will pop up to ask if you are sure you want to delete the files, select “Delete Files.”

It might take a couple of minutes to delete; the program will close by itself once it removes the files.

Step 7: Clean The Local Temp Files

The local temp folder houses log files that some programs initial created; it is safe to delete these files.

Hit the “windows key” and “R” at the same time, this will bring up the Run command, type in “%temp%” into the text box and click “OK.”

The run command will bring you to this location “C:\Users\”Your Account”\AppData\Local\Temp,” deleting most of the things in this folder is safe. There will be a window that will tell you that some files cannot be removed, skip the files that can not be deleted.

Step 8: Clean The Windows Temp Files

The windows temp folder contains cache files which are created by the operating system; it is safe to delete these files.

Just like in the last step hit the “windows key” and “R” at the same time, once the run command opens, type in “temp” into the text box and click “OK.”

The run command will bring you to this location  “C:\Windows\Temp,” deleting everything in this folder is safe.


Remove files from the recycling bin every time you delete a file.

Other people may tell you to also delete files from the prefetch folder under windows, do not do this because these files have a purpose of speeding up the loading process of applications.

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