How to Clear System Cache on Windows 10
Why do You Need to Clear System Cache Windows 10
Windows cache is a special high-speed storage mechanism which can make your requests respond faster. It is a set of temporary files used by apps, programs or the operating system on your computer.
The location for Windows cache is not fixed. The cached data from different resources might be saved in different paths. The best-known storage path of cache in Windows should be C:\Windows\Temp which stores lots of system temporary files.
It’s true that Windows could store a significant amount of cache, making your system more responsive. However, too many cached data might slow your PC down, and corrupted cache might trigger some problems like blue screen of death. So, it’s necessary for Windows users to clear system cache regularly.
How to Clear System Cache on Your Windows 10 Computer
You may ask: how to clear cache on my computer? Well, there are several types of cache, and they are stored in different place. So, you might use different ways to delete these cached files. Work your way down the list below to clear the cache as your needs.
Method 1: Remove Temporary Files in Settings
Temporary file is a common type of cache stored by default in the path of C:\Users\Admin\AppData\Local\Temp. To clear them, you can press Windows + R to open Run window, input %temp% and click OK to open the Temp folders. Then, delete all the temporary files and folders in it.
If you want to clear other system cache together with temporary files, it should be a better choice to make it in Windows Settings.
- Right-click Start button and click Settings.
- Choose System
- Turn to Storage tab in the left pane and click Free up space now under Storage sense section in the right pane.
- Check the items you want to delete and click Remove files
Method 2: Employ Disk Cleanup Utility
Disk Cleanup is a built-in feature in your Windows 10. You can also use this tool to clear different types of system cache and other unnecessary files. Here’s a simple guide for you.
- Press Windows + S, search for Disk Cleanup and double-click the search result to open this tool.
- In the pop-up window, select the drive you want to clean up from the drop-down menu and click OK.
- Wait patiently until the tool finishes scanning this drive. Then, check the items you want to delete.
- Now, click Clean up system files in the same window to scan for more system cache. Click OK button to clear all the selected files.
Method 3: Clear Cache in File Explorer
As most cached files can be found in File Explorer, you can also go to File Explorer to clear some cache in a targeted way. Here are some types of cache you can clear in File Explorer.
Note: Some files are hidden in File Explorer. Before clearing cache, you’d better go to View tab in tool bar and check Hidden items to show all the hidden files.
- Windows thumbnail cache: To clear Windows thumbnail cache, you can go to C:\Users\Username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer. Then, open Explorer folder and delete all the files with the word thumbcache in their names.
- Windows icon cache: This is a hidden file named db under the directory of C:\Users\Username\AppData\Local. Besides, you can also find this type of cache in Explorer folder and these files have iconcache in their names.
- Windows update cache: This is also hidden by default. You can go to C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download and delete all the content of Download folder to clear Windows update cache.
- File Explorer history: File Explorer also maintains its own cache and you can also clear it to improve performance or free up disk space. Just go to View tab and click Options in the ribbon. In the General tab, click Clear button in Privacy
Method 4: Use MiniTool Partition Wizard
Alternatively, you can use a third-party program to clear system cache of different type conveniently. Here, MiniTool Partition Wizard is recommended.
Step 1: Install launch the program. Click Space Analyzer in the tool bar.
Step 2: Select a hard drive to scan from the drop-down menu and click Scan button.
Step 3: To clear certain cached files, choose File View and input file name in the empty box. Then, check Match file name only or Match entire path and click Apply button to filter the files you want.
Step 4: Right-click the cached files you want to remove and choose either Delete (to Recycle Bin) or Delete (Permanently).
Method 5: Clear System Restores Cache in System Properties
For system protection, you might have created system restore points before with which you can restore your computer to earlier date to resolve various problems, and you can set a maximum disk space used for it. When the assigned space is running out, you have to delete older restore points to create a new one. To do that, you should:
- Type restore in the Search bar and double-click Create a restore point from the search result.
- Under System Protection tab, choose your system drive and click Configure
- In the new window, click Delete
This operation will delete all the restore points for this drive, and then you can create a new restore point.
Here’s how to clear cache on Windows 10 in different ways. Now, it’s your turn your clear system cache by yourself. If you want to get more ways to remove other types of cache, you can read this article.