The trick to automatically clean your hard drive on Windows 10

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The Creators Update of Windows 10 includes an ingenious feature that allows you to clean your hard drive by automatically deleting unnecessary files as well as files that have been in the recycle bin for more than 30 days. Here’s how to activate it and save valuable megabytes on your hard drive.

The essential storage assistant

Windows 10 already offered many features to help you manage your storage space. The functionality we are going to present to you is lighter and above all allows automatic cleaning management. When enabled, Windows automatically deletes all temporary files created by all programs installed on your machine. Don’t worry, these files are not vital and their deletion will do your PC a lot of good.

But that’s not all, Storage Sense is also able to automatically delete files that have been in the recycle bin for at least 1 month. If the application does not recover more disk space than manual cleaning (deleting large files such as videos or unnecessary installers for example), it is a rather effective way to maintain your system.

Enable 3-step automatic cleaning on Windows 10

1. Go to the Windows settings by simultaneously pressing the Windows and i keys on your keyboard. You can also access it by going to the start menu and clicking on the gear.

Click on System. In the list that appears click on “Storage”. In the “Storage Wizard” section, activate the dedicated switch by simply clicking on it.

3. To better clean your Windows 10 PC, it is recommended to click on “Change the way we free up space”. This will display the advanced settings, which are not that advanced. As proof, there are not many options to modify in this menu. Indeed, you just have to activate the following two switches:

Once these options are enabled, you will no longer need to systematically use third-party software such as CCleaner to clean your PC. Let’s hope that Microsoft will refine this tool in its next update because although it is useful, it is a little light. The Redmond firm could provide it with new features such as the ability to target large files or specific applications (browsers for example).

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