Disk Cleanup in Windows to Improve Performance

Why should I perform disk cleanup in Windows XP?

Disk Cleanup will help improve your computer’s performance by deleting files that are not crucial such as temporary internet files that only serve to assist in speeding up page load time for sites you revisit, and tend to take-up significant disk space. Disk cleanup combined with defragging your computer on a regular basis, are recommended to speed-up your computer.

Disk Cleanup only removes the following (you can easily checkmark files you do not want to remove):

  • — Files from the Recycle Bin.
  • — Temporary Internet files.
  • — Downloaded program files.
  • — Windows temporary files.
  • — Optional unused Windows components.
  • — Installed programs that you no longer use.

Tip: Typically, temporary Internet files take the most amount of space because the browser caches each page you visit for faster access later. People may notice that on a high-speed connection such as DSL, that temp internet files do very little to speed up page load time when surfing the Internet.

Steps to Run Disk Cleanup on Windows XP:

1. Click Start >> Control Panel

2. From the list of categories shown, click on “Performance and Maintenance”

3. Choose Task “Free up space on your hard disk”

Example: Disk Cleanup Display
Run Disk Cleanup on Windows XP

Example: Disk Cleanup Display allowing you to specify files to remove using checkboxes
Dick Cleanup - showing check boxes