Tech Tip: New Ways to Delete Old Files


Last month’s update to Windows 10 added new tools for automatically and manually clearing clutter from your hard drive.

Q. What is the difference between Disk Cleanup and Storage Sense to remove old files from Windows 10?

A. Disk Cleanup is an older utility program that has been included with the operating system since the days of Windows 98. Until recently, the tool worked in Windows 10 much the same as it always did, scanning the drive and rounding up a list of all the unnecessary files and system detritus that you could delete with the click of a button. With a little extra work, Disk Cleanup could be set to run automatically, but some people chose to manually open and run the program when needed.

In the Storage Sense settings, you can decide how often you want Windows to self clean, or you can use the “Free up space now” option to instantly dig up and delete superfluous files.CreditThe New York Times

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