Here’s why you should consider deleting those setup and system files, and why getting rid of them can help you increase your computer’s performance.
Why Do I Have Extra Windows Setup Files?
Can I Delete Windows Setup Files?
- Windows setup files
- Any Windows system files in AppData, Program Files, or ProgramData
How To Delete Windows Setup Files
- Disk Cleanup (like the recycling bin) does not permanently delete these files from your system.
- It instead removes your hard drive’s ability to detect them in the hopes that it will eventually overwrite them with other data.
- The data from these files will still be on your hard drive, and any sensitive information from past Windows installations will still be recoverable.
- These redundant — and now hidden — files can still impact your processing power.
Step 1: Click on the search bar in the bottom right corner
Step 2: Type Disk Cleanup into the search bar
Step 3: Select the Run as administrator option
Step 4: Select the drive that contains your Windows operating system on it.
Step 5: Click the checkboxes for Previous Windows Installation(s) and Temporary Windows Installation Files
Step 6: Uncheck all other options
Step 7: Click OK
Step 8: Select Delete Files
Disk Cleanup is a simple way to delete old setup or Windows files, but doesn’t actually “delete” anything. Instead, it removes markers and pointers your hard drive uses to detect those files. Any saved documents, pictures, credit card data, or personal information (PI) still exist on it and can be recovered. Worse yet, that data is taking up space and can cause freezing issues.
Permanently Delete Unwanted Files
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