how to delete things to gain space
we all like that Windows go smooth as silk. Turn on the PC and boot up in seconds. But as days go by, as install and delete applications and games, we download photos and videos and fill up the disk, the system suffers. touch clean Windows 11 to perform Like the first day. It doesn't have to take you long. A little cleanup for Windows 11 once every few months will make everything works as it shouldhave enough space and do not find unpleasant surprises.
There is no single recipe for leave Windows 11 like the first day. In the past we have seen some of the fastest tasks to clean Windows 10. Some of them, drastic but effective. But in Windows 11, some things have changed, for the better, but sometimes it's hard to find them. The good news is that you don't need third-party applications to do the cleaning. Although there are and very good.
So if you've been using Windows 11 for a long time, you already know almost all its tricks, but you've given it so much power that sometimes your computer limps, try the following maintenance tasks to clean up Windows 11. It's never too late to make your PC a top-notch machine.
First stop, see the local disk content. How do we occupy the main disk? How many applications and games have we installed? Do we have room to use the available space or should we do some cleaning? Windows 11 has centralized all its functions in Setting, the Windows 10 and Windows 11 equivalent of what used to be Control Panel. You'll find it in the Start menu. It has no loss.
Once in Settingfrom System we are going to Storage. There you will find endless tools to clean Windows 11. But let's go in parts. The first thing is to see the available space, occupied space and total space of the local disk. Below you will see that content organized by categories. Click on Show more categories to see them all: applications, photos, videos, documents, temporary files...
You can go into each category to deal with that content manually. However, there are special categories, such as the two main ones, Applications and temporary files. Both will take you to a handful of options to sort through.
From Settings > System > Storage > Apps or from Settings > Apps > Apps & features you will find the list of installed apps and games in Windows 11. By default, they are sorted by name, but you can sort them by size. The idea is to see which apps and games take up the most and decide if you need them or if you can skip them and uninstall them.
When it comes to apps, there are two Windows 11 options that make things easier for you. One of them is the function Archive apps. It is activated by default. What it does is automatically archive apps you don't use for a long time. Mind you, it will remove the app but keep the configuration files. That way, if you need the app in the future, you'll get your personal settings back. You will find this feature in Settings > Apps > Apps & features > More settings > Archive apps.
Windows 11's second option for dealing with abandoned apps and games is Cleaning Recommendations. We'll talk about her later. It is basically a wizard that analyzes different elements of Windows and tells you what you should do to get space on disk and delete files that you don't use
For the more traditional ones, Windows 11 continues to maintain the independent uninstaller, the one we found in the Control Panel. Precisely, you will have to search for the Control Panel in the search engine of the Start menu. Once open, we will Programs > Uninstall a program. There you will see a more specific and complete list of the applications and games installed in Windows 11.
We said that in Settings > System > Storage you will see the available space and the space occupied by applications, temporary files and other categories. If you fall into the category Temporary filesyou will run into the version for Windows 11 of what was previously the space cleanup. In reality, this tool still exists as a stand-alone application, but Microsoft has thought that it will be more useful for you to have it integrated into Windows Settings.
So, from that menu you will see a list of items considered temporary files. They are generated by Windows, the applications you install, etc. Can you check and uncheck categories, you will see how much each one occupies and what they are for. In short, by deleting temporary files, Windows will run more smoothly and the disk will be freer of content.
So far we have seen Windows 11 cleanup tasks that require our participation. That is, they are manual. We have to activate them ourselves. An intermediate step is to go to Cleaning Recommendations. It's in Settings > System > Storage. It is a handy wizard that analyzes various aspects related to applications, available space, and files.
From there you can delete temporary files, see the largest files just in case you can delete or move to another site (to the cloud or an external disk), see the files that you do not use, etc. Come on, who will lend you a hand to know where to clean.
Along with Cleaning Recommendations, Windows 11 has added storage sensor, a feature that automates the maintenance and cleaning process. Once activated, it will take care of certain tasks for you, such as delete files.
Specifically, it allows empty Trash and Downloads folder, two locations that are filled with large and unnecessary files. You can tell the Sensor to do it always or only when you run out of space. If you choose always, it is possible to schedule it daily, weekly or monthly. It's a way of reduce chaos of files without you having to do anything.
Microsoft warns us in its official help that letting the local disk fill up with files and run out of space affects Windows performance. Another aspect that affects the performance of Windows is that you have malware everywhere. At best, it slows down Windows.
Windows 11 incorporates tools to secure your PC from malware. Firewalls, antivirus, backups... By default, everything is activated and it works transparently. So you don't have to do anything. But it doesn't hurt to make a Complete analisis with Windows antivirus. First, we update the definitions. And then we do the full analysis. It will take more time than the traditional one, but will scan the entire drive local.
Another element of Windows that impacts its performance. Sometimes certain applications are added to the boot start to open when we turn on the computer and Windows starts. This makes Windows 11 take longer to load. And it's very likely that most of those apps you won't need right away.
To clean the Windows startup, we will go to the Task Manager. One of his eyelashes is Start. There you will see applications that are loaded at Windows startup. You can deactivate or reactivate them when you consider it appropriate. If you can't find the Task Manageryou can search for it in the Start Menu Finder or by right-clicking the Start Menu and clicking Task Manager.
It seems silly, but when windows updates, performs some maintenance tasks that clean up past updates, temporary files and other occupied disk space. And while Windows usually updates itself, it doesn't hurt to take a look and check manually.
From Settings > Windows Update you can see if you have Windows 11 up to date or if there are updates available to download and/or install. The process takes time, but by the end of the install and reboot, your computer should be lighter than before.
It is clear that the tasks that we have seen in this article are not all there are if you want to clean Windows 11. They are the essential ones to leave Windows 11 like the first day without resorting to outside help. But you can try cleaning programs like the ones we saw at the beginning or move your files. However, moving files will not eliminate the clutter, it will only add to it.
If you decide expand your local disk with the cloud or with external drives, there are many options to consider. By default, Microsoft offers OneDrivebut we all know alternatives What Google Drive, Dropbox either MEGA with several free gigabytes to fill. On the other hand, if you are not going to access photos or videos regularly, you can store them on an external drive. There are very cheap several terabytes of capacity and are connected by USB without the need for a power supply unit.
Finally, there are those who still defend the format the pc as a drastic solution to clean up a slow computer. Windows 11 has an intermediate function that erases everything and reinstalls the operating system. Is named reset this computer and you will find it in Settings > System > Recovery. You can choose whether to delete everything or keep your personal files. just in case make one previous backup so as not to lose important files by mistake.