How to Cleanup a Startup Disk in Windows PC?

Running low on disk space? In this guide, you'll find to clean up your disk in windows in very easy steps. See below for the further information.


You may have got a notification on your computer that the startup disk is full. Most PCs come with a disk cleanup feature that you can run to clean up the startup disk. Although the disk drives are only getting bigger and prices keep coming down, we keep running low on space on our computer devices as we continue to download tons of files from the internet, take a lot of photos and many more.

This is even more of concern on low-cost devices that include limited storage, or when using a Solid-State Drive (SSD), which are still quite expensive than traditional hard drives (HDD). However, if you’re starting to run out of space on your device, the first thing you need to do is to optimize the space you already have by getting rid of junk files, and apps and games you don’t use.

Follow these steps to continue the process:

Open the disk cleanup feature: Turn your computer on. Click the start button in the lower left corner of your desktop or press the window button on your keyboard. This should bring up a search box. Type in “Disk Cleanup” and select this option from the list provided.

Select the drives you want to clean: When you select the “Disk Cleanup” function, a dialogue box will appear. In some cases there may be a drop-down box, in others, there may be a list of drives you can select for cleanup. Select the C: drive from the drop-down box or list and select OK.

  • The C: drive is another name for the startup disk for most computers. Some computers may have other drives for backup purposes or other reasons. Disk cleanup can be used on any drive.
  • Once you select a drive to clean up, your computer should analyze the drive. This process may take several minutes or longer.

Choose files to remove: When the Disk Cleanup has finished analyzing the drive, a new dialogue box should appear. This should list the suspected files that can be deleted without harming your computer. Select the boxes for file types (like Temporary Internet Files) that you’d like removed and press Clean up System Files.

  • Some of the most typically wasteful file types include Temporary Internet Files, Temporary Files, Recycle Bin files, and Previous Windows Installations.

Delete the unnecessary files to clean up:  After pressing Clean up System Files you should receive a message verifying if you want to delete the files. Select Delete Files to remove the files and clean the drive.

  • If your computer is in need of a severe cleaning, this process might take up to 10 minutes or longer.

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