Windows 10

Windows Disk Cleanup- Recover Hard Disk Space on Windows 10

Over a period of usage of your Windows 10 PC, there might be many files which are temporary and unwanted but they take us storage on your drives. With newer SSDs on most laptops, you will have limited space unlike the older drives where we used to get 1 TB or 2TB storage space. So effective clean up of your drives is important thing to consider and you can recover a lot of storage space with the cleaning option. Windows Disk Cleanup is a built-in feature in Windows 10 which can clean up your hard disk. So let’s see what all options it has.

Windows Disk Cleanup

Windows Disk Cleanup:

To open the Disk cleanup tool on Windows 10, open the start menu and type disk cleanup and you get the option on the top. Now select this option and it will open the disk cleanup tool.

Windows Disk Cleanup

In the disk cleanup tool, you can see the options on what all you can clean and how much storage space you can recover using the tool. You can delete temporary internet files, recycle bin and many more of such option. You can also see the total amount of space it can recover with this action.


At the bottom you can also see another option called “Clean up system files”. When you click this option, it can also do a cleanup of unwanted system files. This is important because if you had a recent update for your PC, you will be able to reclaim some space with system files.

Windows Disk Cleanup

Here you will see “Previous Windows installations”. This can recover large amount of storage (see picture above), but the caveat is that once you delete these files, you will not be able to uninstall the previous Windows update. But if you feel, everything is working file, then you can go ahead and delete the previous Windows installations.

Windows Disk Cleanup is a very useful utility to reclaim or recover storage space on your Windows 10 PC without the help of any third party tools.

Nirmal is a Technology Blogger and a Microsoft MVP in Windows. Blogging has been his passion for more than a decade now, he started with this blog in 2007. He can be contacted at You can find Nirmal on , and .

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