Much like clearing your browser’s cache, clearing Windows cache is a good start for troubleshooting system issues, improving system performance, and freeing up disk space. Here’s how to clear your cache in Windows 10.
Clear the cache of temporary files with Disk Cleanup
To clear the cache of temporary files, enter “Disk Cleanup” “into the Windows search bar located in the lower left corner of the desktop.
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Select the “Disk Cleanup” application, which will appear in the Windows search results.
Once selected, Disk Cleanup will begin to calculate how much space you can free up on the operating system drive (C :).
Disk Cleanup for OS (C 🙂 will now appear. Scroll down and check the “Temporary Files” box. You can also choose to delete files from other locations, such as “Recycle Bin” or “Downloads”.
Once you have selected what you want to erase, click on “Clean up system files”.
Once Windows has calculated the amount of storage space that will be freed, you will be taken to the same page. This time, select the files and locations you want to delete a second time, then click “OK”.
A warning will appear asking you to confirm that you are sure you want to permanently delete the files. Select “Delete files”.
Disk Cleanup will now clean up unnecessary files on your computer. This process may take several minutes.
Clear DNS cache
If you want to clear the DNS cache of your Windows 10 PC, open the command prompt as administrator. To do this, type “Command Prompt” into the Windows search bar located in the lower left corner of the desktop.
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The “Command Prompt” application will appear in the search results. Right-click on it and select “Run as administrator” from the menu.
Then run the following command:
ipconfig / flushDNS
You will receive a message informing you that you have successfully flushed the DNS resolver cache.
Clear Windows Store cache
To clear the Windows Store cache, open “Run” by pressing Windows + R on your keyboard. The “Run” window will appear. In the text box next to “Open”, type WSReset.exe then click “OK”.
Once selected, a black window will appear. There is nothing you can do here, so wait a few moments while this clears the cache.
Once the window is closed, the cache is cleared and the Windows Store starts. You can close the Windows Store app if you want.
Clear location cache
To clear the location cache, click the “Windows” icon in the lower left corner of your desktop to open the Start menu. From there, select the “Gear” icon to open Windows settings.
The “Settings” window will appear. Scroll down and select the “Privacy” option.
You will now be in the “Confidentiality” group of the settings. In the left pane, select “Location”, which is found in the “Application Permissions” section.
In the next window, scroll down until you find the “Location History” group. Here, select ‘Clear’ under the heading ‘Clear location history on this device’.