Cache memory is beneficial for many reasons. It stores data so you don’t have to enter it again, remembers your preferences, and helps the software and websites you use frequently load faster. However, this memory can also get corrupted, causing problems or taking up an undesirable amount of storage.
Like your Internet browser, clearing the cache in Windows is a great step for troubleshooting issues and recovering drive space. The following sections contain steps on how to clear the cache in various areas in Windows 10.
Clear temporary files in System Settings
Clearing out the temporary files in Windows 10 can free up a significant amount of space. Here’s how to do it.
- Press the Windows key, type Settings, then press Enter. Or, press the keyboard shortcut Windows key+I.
- In the Settings window, click System.
- On the left side of the screen, click the Storage option.
- On the right side of the window, click Configure Storage Sense or run it now.
- In the window that appears, scroll to the bottom. Make sure the box next to Delete temporary files that my apps aren’t using is checked (A), and then click the Clean now button (B).
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