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5 Ways to Clear Cache on Windows 11

A Comprehensive Guide to Clearing Cache on Windows 11

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Clearing the cache on your Windows 11 PC implies removing temporary files created by various apps and services. The files are necessary because they speed up performance by storing frequently accessed data. But they can accumulate over time and take up valuable storage space.

This process typically doesn’t cause any harm. However, some cached data might be beneficial for specific tasks and might cause minor slowdowns initially while things are rebuilt. Consider clearing your cache regularly when your app slows down, crashes, you have low disk space, or after an update. Let’s dive into how to fix this.

1. Delete temporary files using Disk Cleanup

The disk cleanup built-in tool is a valuable tool for freeing up space on your PC. The tool removes unnecessary files like temporary files, old system files, and downloaded program files. Removing these files can potentially enhance your PC performance.

Here’s how to delete temporary files via Settings:

  1. Begin by clicking the Start button and then selecting Settings.
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  2. Then click on System on the left pane options.
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  3. After that, click on Storage, which will show you what is consuming your disk space.
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  4. Click on Temporary files. If not visible, click Show more categories to make it visible.
  5. The Temporary files page exposes the temporary files on your PC. Check all the boxes and then click Remove files.

How to Clear the Location Cache in Windows 11

Distinct from typical data caches, Windows maintains a dedicated repository for your physical location. Consider clearing this location cache if apps exhibit inaccurate location data or if you have privacy concerns. Don’t sweat it for storage space, though, it’s tiny!

Here’s how to clear the location cache in Windows 11:

  1. Press the Windows + I keys simultaneously to open Settings, click Privacy & security and select Location on the right pane.
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  2. Then, scroll sown to find Location history and click the Clear button close to it.
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  3. It will show a little checkmark to show that clearing was successful.
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3. Clear cache on Windows 11 with Disk Clean-up

Disk Cleanup in Windows 11 is a tool that clears various caches and temporary files to free up disk space, improve performance, and resolve glitches. It cleans temporary files, system files, and downloaded files. Removing unnecessary files can reclaim precious gigabytes for your actual files and programs.

The following steps will help you clear the Windows 11 cache:

  1. Press Windows + R keys together on your keyboard to open the Run box, enter cleanmgr and press Enter to launch the Disk Cleanup utility.
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  2. Once the Disk Cleanup window opens, select the drive you want to clean from the drop-down menu.
  3. This can be your system drive (usually C:), or any other drive connected to your computer.
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  4. Then, click the OK button to allow Disk Cleanup analyze the selected drive, and calculate the freeable space.
  5. Once the analysis is complete, check the boxes next to the categories you want to clean particularly Temporary files and Thumbnails.
  6. You may hover over each category for a brief description of its contents.
  7. After selecting the desired file categories, click on the OK button to start the cleanup process.
  8. On the confirmation dialog that appears, click Delete Files to confirm.
  9. Then, wait for the cleanup to complete.
  10. Upon completion, a summary of the available disk space after clean p will show.

4. Clear the Microsoft Store Cache in Windows 11

Clearing the Microsoft Store cache in Windows 11 is a simple yet effective way to resolve various issues you might be facing with the app. It’s like giving your Microsoft Store a clean slate, removing temporary files and data that might be causing problems. Follow the steps below.

  1. Open the Run dialog by pressing the Windows + R keys simultaneously, enter wsreset.exe and click OK.
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  2. After a while, a blank Command Prompt window will launch and close, and the Microsoft Store will start on by itself.

5. Enable Storage Sense

Enabling Storage Sense in Windows 11 is like setting your PC on autopilot to manage storage space proactively. It automatically cleans up various types of files, runs on a schedule, and frees up significant space. Its settings are customizable.

Use the following steps to enable Storage Sense:

  1. Hold the Windows key, then hit the I key to launch the Settings app and click Storage on the right pane.
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  2. Then, scroll down, find Storage Sense, and click it.
  3. Toggle the Automatic User content cleanup switch On.
  4. Then, set the Run Storage SenseDelete files in recycle bin if they have been there for over, and Delete files in Downloads folder if they haven’t been opened for more than to your preferred value.
  5. Finally, click the Run Storage Sense now button.

In conclusion, clear the cache on your Windows 11 to maintain a fast and responsive system. This guide outlines five methods to manage cache, optimize storage, and enhance performance. Regularly clearing the cache ensures a smoother computing experience.

This allows you to enjoy the full capabilities of your Windows 11 device. Whether you use built-in tools, third-party applications, or manual intervention, clearing cache provides a simple yet effective means of rejuvenating your Windows 11 computer.

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