In a day to day operation Microsoft creates several temp files and stores them in various system folders. These temporary files are quite useful and allow the system to function efficiently and faster. However, over time these temporary files can build up to an extent that they consume several GBs worth of space in your C drive. For instance, the last time I scanned my system, Windows 10 is using over 11 GB to store temporary files. This is in addition to the reserved storage. So, follow the below steps and delete temporary files in Windows 10.
Microsoft not only polished but also made it quite easy to delete temp files in Windows 10. Previously, you'd have to manually go to different folders like temp, prefetch, recycle bin, etc., and delete files from there. Sure, Windows has a built-in tool called disk cleanup to clear temporary files and more. However, the disk cleanup tool is pretty old and compared to the current options, it is not that easy to use. Not to mention, if you are a beginner user, the disk cleanup tool can be quite confusing.
In Windows 10, you can use the new settings app to quickly find and delete temporary files with just a few clicks.
Delete Temporary Files in Windows 10
1. First, search for the Settings app in the start menu and open it. You can also use the keyboard shortcut Win + I to open the Settings app.
2. Once the Settings app has been opened, go to "System" and then to "Storage" appearing on the left side panel of the settings page.
3. On the right panel, you will see that the settings app has listed all your drives and partitions with both available and consumed space. Since the temporary files are located in the Windows installation drive, click on the C drive.
4. As soon as you click on the C drive, Windows 10 will scan the system and lists how the storage is being used. You will also see how much storage the temp files are using under the Temporary Files section. Click on the "Temporary files" button.
5. Windows 10 will further scan the temporary files and lists them with how much space each type of temporary files are using. Some of the temporary files include but not limited to files in recycle bin, Windows update cache, delivery optimization files, etc. To delete temporary files, simply select all the checkboxes in the list and click on the "Remove files" button.
6. Depending on how many temporary files there are, it can take a couple of minutes to clear temporary files in Windows 10.
Once that is done, you will see zero bytes under each and every temporary file type. You can now safely close the Settings app.
That's all there is to do and it is that simple to delete temporary files in Windows 10.