Check Out How
to Perform A Complete Disk Cleanup
When you are
getting "low disk space" warning or your system is running at a
turtle speed, it's time for you to perform a complete disk cleanup.
Windows has a built-in disk cleanup function which can remove some
useless flotsam. However it cannot help you clean the major
temporary files. You have to do it yourself. You can download WinASO
Registry Optimizer and WinASO Disk Cleaner to perform an easy
cleanup or do it all by yourself if you are confident about your
Below are some
tips to help you free up much more valuable disk space and improve
the overall system performance.
Remove the temporary files created
by Windows and Windows programs.
First, let's find out what types of temporary files Windows and its
programs will create during running:
Temporary installation files
Many programs will compress its installation file into a temporary
folder (usually under Windows/Temp) during installation. When the
installation completes, if the program designer forgets to take care
of these temporary files, they will be left in your disk and become
In many cases, these files exist as *.tmp files, as seen in Figure 1
- Temporary interchanging files and backup files
create some temporary interchanging files when running, such as
*.old and *.bak. Anti-viruses or system programs will also generate
backup files when scanning disks, as shown in Figure 2.
Built-in help files, tutorial files, dll files.
Programs may have built-in help files or tutorial files , often
ended with ".hlp". DLL is used by most Windows programs. But these
*.dll files, *.hlp files as well as related registry keys are often
left behind even after the programs have been removed from the
- Temporary files generated by web browser
When you are surfing on the internet, your web
browser will download the web pages you have visited to local
machine, which can occupy large amount of disk space, and create
privacy problem at the same time. Besides, web browsers will also
generate history records, temporary cache files, cookies, etc, which
can all be cleaned when you need disk space.
- Other temporary files generated by Windows
These files include temporary files created
during Windows installation and running (such as *.tmp and *._mp),
temporary backup files (such as *.bak, *.old, *.syd), temporary help
files (*.gid), data files created during disk checking (".chk") and
other temporary files such as *.dir, *.dmp, *.nch.
types of temporary files existing in your system, you can now start
to clean them up. Just use "Search" function in Windows and input
the postfixes of all these temporary files to locate them. Then
select all the files in the result window, and right click to remove
them all. Don't forget to check the two temporary folders "C:\Temp"
and "C:\WINDOWS\Temp. All the files stored here are junk files and
can be removed without a problem
To remove the
temporary internet files created by web browser, you can simply go
to Control Panel -> Internet Options and use the cleanup functions
provided there to remove histories, temporary internet files and
Remove the Windows components and
programs that are rarely used.
Go to "Control
Panel" -> "Add/Remove Windows Components" and "Add/Remove Programs"
to remove those programs or components that you no longer need.
Remove the junk records recorded by
Remove the program name list in "Run"
Going to Start
-> Run, we will see there is a list of commands in the "Open" boxes,
but many of them are no longer useful and may reveal our privacies.
To remove these junks, you can go to registry editor (by running "regedit.exe"),
and remove the unwanted items listed in the right-hand side window.
Please note do not delete "Default" and "MRUList".
the visited document list in "Start"
Select "Start" -> "Settings" ->"Task Bar and Start Menu" (there are
some differences among different Windows version, e.g, in Windows 7,
you should right click on "Start" and select "Properties"). Select
"Start Menu" in the dialog box, and use the delete function here to
remove the document list.
- Remove the
play histories in Windows Media Player
Windows Media Player will record the play histories and display them
in the drop down menu. If you want to remove them, you can open
registry editor, locate HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/MediaPlayer/Player/
RecentFileList, and delete all the registry keys displayed on the
right. Then your play histories will be gone.
The same way can be applied to clear play
histories in other audio/video players such Real Player and ACDSee
- Remove the histories recorded in the address
bar of web browsers
Web browsers will automatically record the
visited sites in the address bar. To remove these records, you can
go to registry editor, locate "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\InternetExplorer\TypedUrls"
and delete the unwanted items on the right.
Remove the junks left by programs
- Remove the programs' installation
on the program's shortcut, select "Properties" -> "Find Target" to
locate and delete the installation directory of the program.
Remove the junks in "Add/Remove Programs"
Sometimes the programs already uninstalled will
still appear in the list of "Add/Remove Programs". We can open
registry editor, locate "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SoftwareMicrosoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Uninstall",
and select those unwanted items on the right to remove.
- Remove the
registry keys related to the programs.
registry editor, and use the search function to locate all the
registry keys that are related to the program. You can use the
program's executable file name as the search criteria.