Recapturing your GigaBytes


You had 30 days to roll back the Windows 10 upgrade that you did when you ran it on your computer. You’re certain you want Windows 10 and you have 30 days to roll it back. It’s time to reclaim that chunk of your hard drive that looks like junk in your garage.
Did you ever forget to throw something away and then spend hours searching for it? This is what deleting the folder c:windows.old will do to your computer. It looks for it in the registry and if it’s missing, it slows down your computer.
Clicking the Start button is the best way to regain the space. Type “Disk C” into the search box and hit enter. Disk Cleanup will appear at the top. Find the button for [Clean up system file] at the bottom of Disk Cleanup dialog box.
Clicking this button will wait for a second search, but it will find several more items that you’ll like.
To delete: I’ve seen this as high at 45GB – you could park something else in that area now!
You still have the same options as before clicking the [Cleanup System Files] link – Windows Defender and Downloaded Program Files. I chose to keep only the Setup Log Files (because their size is only KB and they are useful in troubleshooting programs), System error memory dump files, and System archived Windows Error Reports because I am a computer mechanic and those are tools to my advantage). All other files are deleted.
Windows gives you another chance to make a mistake, so you need to click the [Yes] button. (The default setting is [No], which will waste your time.
After that, Disk Cleanup will be the only thing you think about when you clean up Temporary Internet Files in Internet Explorer or Edge. You can still do this in Edge, but it’s buried a bit more: the three dots button at the top right, Clear browsing data: [Choose which files to clear] (verify that all have been selected), then hit [Clear] button. If you are sensitive about sharing your life with the internet (and possibly other users) then don’t worry about the [Show More] settings. However, hit the [Clear Bing Search History] button.
You should clean your internet caches every week and run Disk Cleanup every other week. However, you won’t be able to capture this many GB from your Saturday housekeeping. This is the big one!
Bill Sullivan
Original written by Bill Sullivan, NHSoCal Technical Instructor, MCSA x8, MCTS x5, MCITP x4, MTAx3, MCSE x2, MCDST and MCT, CCNA. CISSP. CASP. CIWA. CompTIA x5, LSSGB