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How to Boost System Performance using Disk Cleanup

You can take disk cleanup as intrinsic utility or process that helps you find and remove all unnecessary files on your hard disk. It helps you recover a lot of disk space instantly to boost its performance. In this article, we have elaborated more about disk cleanup and how it can boost your system performance.

What is Disk Cleanup

Disk Cleanup on Windows is built-in utility offered by Microsoft that helps you free up disk space by finding and removing all unnecessary & junk files. Disk Cleanup (cleanmgr.exe) is a system maintenance utility that usually searches and analyzes your system hard disk to find files that are no longer of any use. Further, you can remove these unnecessary files to recover disk space. During scan process, Disk Cleanup targets various file categories on your disk storage that includes temporary Internet files, temporary Windows files, compressions of old files, downloaded program files, recycle bin, setup log files, WinSxS (Windows component store), offline web pages etc.

Use Disk Cleanup Utility

Disk Cleanup utility helps you analyze your complete disk space to find and remove all unnecessary files. To start with, you need to select a drive that you want to clean. Once you have selected the drive, it will thoroughly scan your selected drive to find all unnecessary files and display it you in a separate window. To use Disk Cleanup utility, follow these steps.

  • Go to Start menu. Here, search and select “disk cleanup” in the search box.
  • It will prompt a window asking you to select a drive, you want to clean. Select the drive from drop-down list and press OK.
  • Here, it will take some time to scan the drive and display scan results in a separate window.
  • On Disk Cleanup window, mark all those files that you find unnecessary and press OK to instantly delete them.

Disk Cleanup

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Cleanup System Files

Disk Cleanup utility helps you find and delete old & obsolete system files as well apart from other unnecessary files. These files may include device driver packages, system compression files, thumbnails, temporary files and other files. To clean unnecessary system files, simply press “Clean up system files” option in the lower-left corner of Disk Cleanup window.

  • Here, it will prompt a window asking you to select a drive you want to clean. Select the drive and press OK.
  • It will take a while to scan the selected drive and display scan results mentioning all unnecessary system files.
  • On the results page, select the files you don’t want to retain and press OK to delete them instantly. This simple step will help you recover precious disk space and boost the performance of your computer.

Other ways to clean disk space

Uninstall Unnecessary Programs: This is another effective disk cleanup step that helps you recover a lot of disk space effortlessly. Your system holds a lot of unnecessary apps & programs that has been accumulated over time due to various reasons. These unnecessary programs may include a lot of items in the form of bloatware that came pre-installed on your system. When we talk about bloatware, it is those apps & programs that come pre-installed on your system when you buy it. It may include manufacturer based or third-party based programs and applications.

To uninstall unnecessary programs on Windows 7, go to Start menu > Control Panel > Programs & Features. Here, sift through the list of programs and right-click on the program that you want to uninstall. Now select Uninstall to instantly uninstall the selected program.

Disk CleanupSource: windowswally

To uninstall unnecessary programs on Windows 10, go to Start menu > Settings > System. Here select Apps & Features from the left panel and sift through the list to find unnecessary programs. To uninstall any of these programs, simply select the program and press Uninstall button.

Disk Cleanup

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Delete Duplicate Files: Apart from a lot of other junk files, duplicate files also accumulate in large volume over time on your system. There is no effective built-in mechanism to deal with this lot of files thus you can use duplicate file remover tools for instant and effective results. These nifty tools work on smart algorithms to find all identical files on your system and help you remove them instantly to recover some precious disk space. Using these tools, you can also reduce your manual efforts to scan nook and corners of your device storage to find duplicate files.

Use Cloud Backup Apps: This is a futuristic solution to recover and manage disk space instantly and effectively. You can move all unnecessary files to cloud servers to recover some precious disk space on your system instantly. Further, you can restore files anytime anywhere from cloud servers when you need them.


Using built-in disk cleanup utility or using some third-party software tool, you can instantly recover some disk space for improved system performance. Once you delete unnecessary files from your system, it will release some precious system resources to provide you better running system.

Summary: Microsoft offers built-in disk cleanup utility on all Windows versions. It helps you find and clean all unnecessary files from your system instantly. Let’s discuss how disk cleanup can help you boost your system performance.

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Yogesh Sharma is working at Systweak Blog, as an SEO analyst and technical Content Writer. His forte of writing is ransomware, virus, windows and mac and he is keenly interested in writing other technical blogs. You can also find him on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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