This video demonstrates how to clear old Windows 10 system update files.
- [Instructor] In this movie, I demonstrate how to free up disk space by clearing various Windows caches. Not only do these various caches take up valuable storage space on your drives, but they can also slow down your system performance. So if you have a disk drive with 100-gigabyte capacity, not all of that space is available for use. Some of that space, instead, is taken up by random cache files. These are non-permanent files or a file that may be needed again in the future, which are kept hidden away until that time comes.
Disk caches boost system performance, but also consume a lot of valuable space on the disk. Now, with small SSD drives with limited capacities, this loss of space can really be substantial. The good news is that in most cases cache files can be safely erased to get back all of that lost space. So in the next two movies, I'll review various techniques for clearing your various Windows 10 caches. Let me start by showing you how to clear the Windows update cache.
Windows conveniently keeps a cache of all Windows update files. These can come in handy when you need to reapply an update. However, these Windows update cache files can take up a lot of space. Some of these updates use up a great deal of space that does not automatically get freed up after the update is actually applied. Imagine what you could do with all that extra space. Before starting, though, we need to disable Windows Update to make sure that no updates are currently downloading.
To do this, right-click on the Start button and click on Command Prompt (Admin) right there. And then from the prompt, type in net stop wuauserv and press Enter. Notice that Windows returns that the update service has been turned off successfully. Now open up the File Manager and navigate to the following location. Windows, and now we're looking for Software Distribution.
Here, open that up. And we're looking for the Download folder, here. Inside the Download folder, you can safely delete everything here. These are all the updates that have been performed on this system. Once you've deleted everything there, back here in the command prompt, type in net start wuauserv. Press Enter. And Windows will then tell you that the update service was started successfully.
Now, a big recent change in the Windows user experience was the introduction of Windows Store. In Microsoft's effort to turn all of their software into apps, in addition to all the annoying fake apps now in the Windows Store, Windows also caches downloads made through the store. These caches not only take up space, but can also cause problems when downloads are interrupted or improperly stopped. To clear up these download problems, you would need to clear the Windows Store cache. Even if you don't experience download problems, clearing this cache is a good idea, since it will save you some space.
Now, to do this, Microsoft provides a utility called WSReset.exe. To use it, open up a run prompt. Do this by pressing the Windows key and the R key simultaneously. Here in the Run dialog, type in WSReset.exe. Click OK. Now a black window will open up, and it might seem like nothing is really happening.
But you'll want to wait it out. In this case here, it launched the Windows Store immediately. But in your case, it may take a while, but go ahead and wait it out. There may be quite a bit there that needs to be cleared. But when it's done, the Windows Store will launch like you have here. This means that the cache has been cleared and you're good to go. Let me now move on to the next movie and demonstrate how to clear your temp files cache, how to clear your thumbnail cache, and also how to clear your System Restore cache.
This course is also part of a series designed to help you prepare for the Microsoft exam 70-697: Configuring Windows Devices.
- Enabling disk write caching
- Creating spanned and striped volumes
- Configuring Storage Spaces
- Configuring OneDrive
- Enabling USB drives
- Clearing caches
- Fixing drives
- Troubleshooting OneDrive
- Encrypting files with EFS
- Encrypting volumes and drives with BitLocker
- Configuring share permissions