How to Clean C Drive on Windows 10

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Is your C drive full and you want to clean it?

Do you want to free up some space on your SSD drive?

With daily use, our computers gain used space, just like we gain weight. We should do some cleanup jobs once a month to keep our computers fast and optimized.

In this easy tutorial, you will learn how to clean up your C drive for free using simple tips & tricks.

Let’s dive in!

Clean Your C Drive the Easy Way on Windows 10

Clean Temporary Files in C Drive

Open up your Run prompt using the Windows+R keyboard shortcut, and type in temp, hit Enter.

Press Ctrl+A to select all and press Shift+Delete. Confirm by clicking “Yes“.

If a window with the title “Folder Access Denied” appears, then check “Do this for all current items” and click “Continue“.

If some files are in use, do “Skip” with “Do this for all current items” checked.

Same goes for the local AppData temp files, use the variable %temp% in Run prompt.

Delete all…

Delete Prefetch Temporary Files

Open up your Run prompt using the Windows+R keyboard shortcut, and type in prefetch, hit Enter.

Delete all as we did before…

Uninstall Unwanted Software

Right-click on your Start menu icon to open the Start context menu and choose “Apps and Features“.

Choose the apps you are not using and click “Uninstall“.

Optimize Your C Drive

Right-click on your system drive and choose “Properties“.

On the “Tools” tab, click on the “Optimize” button.

Select your C: drive and click “Optimize“.

Do Disk Cleanup to Free Space on C Drive

On the Properties window, in the General tab, click on “Disk Cleanup“.

Click on “Clean up system files” to show more options for more cleaning features.

Select everything you find unimportant, if you don’t want to remove your downloaded files uncheck “Downloads“.

Click “OK“.

Wait for a couple of minutes…

Clean the Registry for Free Using CCleaner

You can download CCleaner for free from this URL:

After installing, open the Registry menu, click on “Scan for Issues“”.

Click “Fix selected Issues…“. Then click “Fix All Selected Issues“. You can backup the Registry if you want.

There you have it, you just learned how to clean up your C drive.

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