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How Do I Clean Up Disk and Memory Space

September 23, 2011  |  Difficulty: Medium

How to clean up disk and memory space in Microsoft® Windows

From experience, it is generally known that space in your computer is limited by size. This may seem either strange or unclear for most people, but the explanation is simple; the higher the capacity of your hard drive disk, the more unnecessary data it stores. At the end of the day, users with a relatively large hard disk capacity face the same problem as users with average or smaller capacity. This is mainly caused by temporary Internet files and the recycle bin. Users usually don’t care about these items until he or she has storage problems. This article explains how to care for your storage space as well as how to control those folders manually and through automatic application.

As noted above, we will focus on the Temporary Internet Files folder, as this is where the saved files from web pages you visited are. Also, in the Recycle Bin there are deleted files “waiting” for possible restoration. If you really want to clean them up, you must be sure that the files in this recycle bin are truly ready for permanent deletion.

Manual clean up:

  1. Click the “Start” button, then choose “Control Panel.”
  2. For Microsoft® Windows XP click on “Switch to Classic View” in the left pane.
    For Microsoft Windows® 7 click on “Network and Internet.”
  3. Open the “Internet options” icon.
  4. Click the “Delete…” button in the “Browsing History” section of the “General” tab.
  5. In the “Delete Browsing History” window uncheck all checkboxes except “Temporary Internet Files”.
  6. Click “Delete”.
  7. Now switch to your desktop where the “Recycle Bin” is located.
  8. Right-click the “Recycle Bin” icon and choose “Empty Recycle Bin.”
  9. In the confirmation window click “YES”.

Application clean up:

  1. Install any optimization application (PCRx Registry Cleaner, for example, read the article that focuses on the optimization of the computer).
  2. Run PCRx.
  3. Click the “Next” button (sometimes the text of the button changes, but still is presented by right arrow [>]).
  4. Go through the maintenance wizard, until you reach “System Speed Up”.
  5. Here check the “Clean Up Files” checkbox and click “Speed Up My System”.
  6. Next, read the warning windows and close by clicking on the “Yes” button.

Tips and Tricks:

  • You can delete more of your browser’s stored data (e.g., passwords, cookies,) by choosing them when you delete your browsing history.
  • If you want to recover any file from the “Recycle Bin,” right-click on the file and choose “Restore”.

Warnings:

  • It is recommended that you check through files marked for deletion by clicking the “Review Files” button in the system speed up phase if you are cleaning up files.

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