When your laptop is running slow, it’s probably because you don’t have enough space on it. You can solve this by manually removing files or running the disk cleanup app on your PC. All these a manual processes but what if I told you that there’s an easier way out? You just need to chill and let your computer do all the work for you. The Windows 10 Creators Update came with a new feature which keeps an eye on the disk space and clears it automatically.
Going by the name of Storage sense, this feature was further improved in the Windows 10 Fall Creators update.
Storage sense works like as a monitoring system within your system and scans for old and unused files. It actively removes them on a regular basis. For instance, if you have lingering around the corridors of your Recycle Bin for more than 30 days, you won’t have to delete them manually, this feature will help take care of it.
This also applies for all the temporary files and for the old files lying in the Downloads folder. In a nutshell, it is safe to say that Microsoft cleverly merged the old Disk Cleanup feature and the Delete Temporary files feature. This has made the process as easy as drinking water when you’re extremely thirsty.
Interestingly, if you have a previous installation of Windows on your system, you can also opt to have it removed.
So now, there is no need spending productive hours trying to search for files and folders you don’t use/need before deleting them.
Now that you are not bereft of the knowledge of what storage sense does, we can now delve into how you should use it. There is no essence in knowing about something and not knowing how to use it, is there?
How to enable and customize storage sense
Step 1: Head over to Settings and select System and click on Storage.
Alternately, you can hit Windows key+Q for Cortana and type Storage.
Step 2: Once in, turn on the switch for Storage sense. By default, this feature only takes care of temporary files and old files in the Recycle Bin.
Step 3: To opt for the option to clean up the Downloads folder, click on the Change how we free up space link. This will take you to the Configurations page.
Now, you should simply check the third choice and you’re good to go. Starting now and into the foreseeable future the system will automatically keep the “garbage heap up” process under tight restraints.
How to clean up old Windows installation files
As you may already know, Windows consequently saves data from older versions of Windows, once your PC has updated. This is basically done as such that you can return to the old rendition should the need emerge.
However, it may surprise you to know that this data can run into several GBs. A quick look at the image below shows that the user, after updating his Operating System had 1.6GBs of temporary files. A quick and easy way to clean them up is through the Clean now button.
Check on the checkbox besides the Delete previous versions of Windows option and click the button.
Sometimes, we tend to download apps and forget that we even had them in the first place. It is therefore important that periodically, you check your system to ensure that those apps have been deleted. This method is very easy to use and less time consuming.
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