How to delete Windows 10 Update Files and Cached Data

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Performance is a must thing when it comes to a computer. However, very few of us are
aware that some updates and installations eat up the free space on our computer thereby
causing lag or reduced performance. In order to boost up the performance of your
computer, it is mandatory to free up some disk space.

But it is a difficult task to free up memory on your computer without deleting your personal files or documents. Whenever your system updates to a new operating system, the old files are not overwritten but, they are stored in a cache.

This cache occupies quite a lot of disk space which if possible must be kept free to enjoy an effortless performance. You can get rid of this update files and cache in two ways:

While Disk Cleanup feature on Windows 10 does a marvelous job of deleting cached data
and freeing up space, it really doesn’t get rid of the update log and files which can also be
deleted to free up more space. Hence, it is must to manually delete these files. In order
to perform this action you must follow the below steps:

Step1: Check Windows 10 Update files

The first thing you must do is check if any update files are present for removal. Update
files are usually stored when a system update or an OS update has been performed on your computer. To check whether a Windows update file is present on your system do this:

  • Press Windows + R to open the Run application. Once you see a search bar type
    “appwiz.cpl” in the placeholder and click on Okay button.
  • Navigate to the ‘View installed updates’ option in the left corner of the screen and
    click it. You will be able to view update files for all applications and operating
    system.uninstall windows update files
  • In order to uninstall an update select it and then press right click button. When the menu appears to click on ‘Uninstall’ to remove it from your system. You can remove multiple update files to free up as much space as possible.

Step2: Remove temporary files

Apart from deleting update files, you can also free up space by removing .temp files. These files are temporary internet files which are created during a particular session of a user and end up consuming memory and reducing performance.

You can remove them with Cached data using Disk Cleanup shown below.

  • Press Windows + E on your keyboard to open File Explorer. Right click on Local
    Drive (C 🙂 and select the option Properties from the menu. You will notice a pop-up
  • Click on Disk Cleanup and select Temporary file check box to remove all temporary
    internet files from the memory. This action will delete all the unnecessary temporary files occupying space on your system and free up memory thereby increase your system performance.

Step3: Remove Cached Data

Like we mentioned earlier not only does the update and temporary files diminish your
storage but cached data also consumes your memory prominently. While it is true that
cached data speeds up your system but it comes at a cost.

It consumes more memory than it actually speeds up your performance. By removing the cached data you can boost up your processor performance without having to worry about any kind of lag. This is ideally achieved with the help of Disk Cleanup.

  • Please follow the same steps as mentioned for removing temporary files.
  • Once you are on the Disk Cleanup screen check all the boxes. After that, please
    click on Clean Up system files to remove the cached system files.
  • You can also free up more memory by deleting System Restore and Shadow Copies.
    In order to remove these files click on the more option in Disk Cleanup. Navigate to
    the System Restore and Shadow copies section and click on disk cleanup.

The aforementioned steps should help you free up enough memory to boost your
performance. Do keep in mind that such manual activities of deleting unwanted and
unnecessary files should be done on a periodic basis to improve system performance and
free up memory for better utilization.




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