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How To Free Up Space On Windows 11

If you’re looking to optimize your PC’s performance, freeing up space on your Windows 11 computer is a crucial step. To help you achieve this, I’ll guide you through a series of strategies that will effectively free up space and declutter your system. By following these steps, you’ll not only create more storage capacity but also enhance your user experience.

Strategies to Free Up Space on Windows 11

To free up space on your Windows 11 computer, follow these strategies and optimize your system’s storage capacity.

1. Delete previous Windows 11 installation files: If you recently upgraded from Windows 10, you likely still have the previous installation files on your hard drive. To remove them, go to Settings > System > Storage > Temporary files and select “Previous Windows installations” and “Windows Update cleanup.”

2. Permanently delete items in the Recycle Bin: Right-click on the Recycle Bin icon on your desktop, select Empty Recycle Bin, and permanently delete the contents.

3. Delete temporary files: Go to Settings > System > Storage > Temporary files and select the files you want to remove (except for the Downloads folder).

4. Remove unnecessary apps and files: Uninstall unused apps and software by going to Settings > Apps > Installed Apps. Also, clean out folders like Documents, Pictures, Desktop, and Downloads.

5. Free up disk space automatically with Storage Sense: Enable Storage Sense in Settings > System > Storage to automatically delete temporary files, empty the Recycle Bin, and convert synced files to online-only content.

6. Remove unused user accounts: If you don’t need additional user accounts, delete them by going to Settings > Accounts > Other Users and selecting the profile you want to remove.

Additionally, you can use the Cleanup recommendations feature in Settings > System > Storage to identify and manually delete temporary files, large or unused files, files synced with the cloud, and unused apps.

Enabling Storage Sense and regularly cleaning up unnecessary files will help free up space on your Windows 11 computer and improve its performance.