This is a step by step guide to remove temporary files in Windows 7 using Disk Cleanup. You can run Disk Cleanup utility after every few months to cleanup temporary files which are no longer required in your computer.
Disk Cleanup can be used for removing unnecessary temporary files which include:
1) Downloaded Program files: These are the files which are automatically downloaded when you are browsing the internet like Java applets and ActiveX controls files.
2) Temporary internet files: This is a collection of temporary files which includes web pages and other internet files.
3) Recycle bin: It contains files which are present in the Recycle bin.
4) Set up Log files: This folder contains temporary files created by Windows.
5) Temporary files: This folder contains temporary files created by programs and applications in your computer.
6) Thumbnails: This folder contains temporary thumbnails and images which are created when you browse your computer.
7) Per user archived Windows error report: This folder contains error reporting log files for every user in your computer.
8) Service Pack backup files: This folder contains backup files for the service pack you have installed.
9) Windows Update Cleanup: This folder contains old Windows update files.
10) System archived Windows error report: This folder contains system error reporting log files.
To remove temporary files in Windows 7 using Disk Cleanup, follow the below given steps:
1) Click on Start.
2) Then, click on All Programs.
3) After that click on Accessories.
4) Then, click on System Tools.
5) Then, click on Disk Cleanup.
6) In Disk Cleanup: Drive Selection dialog box, select a drive which you want to clean up.
7) Click on OK. Then, Disk Cleanup will calculate the amount of space you can free in this particular drive.
8) In, Disk Cleanup dialog box, check all the options under “Files to Delete”. Total amount of disk space you gain specifies the amount of disk space you will free using Disk Cleanup.
9) Click on “Clean up system files” to add system files to the list. Again select the drive and click on OK. Now, you can check the system files too.
10) Click on More Options tab.
i) Programs and Features: Click on the Cleanup button and remove programs which you don’t use.
ii) System Restore and Shadow copies: Click on the Cleanup button to remove all system restore files except the last one. For the dialog box “Are you sure want to delete all but the most recent restore point?”, click on “Delete”.
11) Click on OK in Disk Cleanup. For dialog box “Are you sure want to permanently delete these files”, click on “Delete Files”. You need to wait for some time for Disk Cleanup to delete temporary files.