Files you can safely delete in Windows 10 to save space

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You may run out of space on your device. Obviously, it will look for files or folders that can be deleted to free up space. And have you ever wondered to look at the files on the C drive and thought what will happen if you delete them. Since drive C contains a lot of important data needed to run the system, it is not safe to delete it blindly. In this post, you can explore about five types of folders and the locations where you can safely delete.



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These folders are used by applications to temporarily store some data. It is completely safe to delete the contents of the temporary folder. But you cannot delete them if they are in use.

You can delete files or folders from:

  • C: Users> Username> AppData> Local> Temp

Select the folder and press the Delete key on your keyboard. A dialog box will ask for your permission. Click on Follow to delete the folder or file. Alternatively, you can right-click the file and then click To remove.

When you first view a web page in your browser, they are stored in temporary Internet folders. This is done so that the next time you see them, the loading process can be done quickly. Since they are stored, the browser can load them from your disk instead of the Internet. This helps to load previously visited web pages quickly.

The following are the locations from which removal can be performed safely. Multi-browser locations are listed below:


  • For Microsoft Edge browser: C: Users> Username> AppData> Local> Packages
    >
    Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe> AC> MicrosoftEdge> Cache
  • Per the browser Internet Explorer: C: Users> OfficePower> AppData> Local> Microsoft> Windows> INetCache
  • For Firefox browser: C: Users> Username> AppData> Local> Mozilla> Firefox> Profiles> default random character> cache2> entries
  • For Google Chrome: C: Users> Username> AppData> Local> Google> Chrome> User data> Default> Cache

Windows uses the help of file preloading to share information about the files you use most often. So this helps them run fast. You can navigate to the location listed below and delete some of the data it contains.



Records are kept to know what each application did at any given time. You can safely delete all files with the extension .ACCESS from the following location.

  • C: Windows
  • C: Windows> Debug

A system can fail at any time. Crash dumps contain data about what was in memory at the time when applications crashed. Therefore, it is the only place that has information and you can visit it in case of an accident. Here are a couple of locations where you can delete files


  • C: Users> Username> AppData> Local> CrashDump
  • C: ProgramData> Microsoft> Windows> WER> ReportArchive

While most files will be small, carefully deleting many of them can free up a lot of memory. Give it a go!

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