Using your Windows computer with low storage becomes slower and slower. performance defects due to insufficient space on the hard drive or SSD; You will experience application errors and decreased gaming experience. You can always delete apps you don’t need. But what if you still want to keep those apps and free up space? Here are the best ways to free up space on Windows without deleting apps.
You can always replace your existing HDD or SSD with a higher capacity version. But it’s not the most convenient way to unlock free space in Windows. In addition, The trick doesn’t apply to Windows laptop users, as most models from top laptop manufacturers come with an SSD. Instead, you can use the following methods to reclaim valuable space on your Windows 11 PC.
Check Storage on Windows Drives.
Before we begin, Let’s first check the total storage remaining on your Windows computer drives. You can use the File Explorer app or the default Settings menu.
Step 1: Press Windows + E keys to open File Explorer.
Step 2: Select ‘This PC’ from the left sidebar.
Step 3: Right-click on a drive and click Properties from the context menu.
Step 4: Check available storage on a separate drive.
You can check the same in the Windows Settings menu.
Step 1: Press Windows + I keys to open Settings.
Step 2: Select System from the left sidebar and click Storage.
Step 3: Expand ‘Advanced storage settings’ and select ‘Storage used on other drives’.
Step 4: Check the detailed storage section from the menu below.
1. Remove temporary files.
You can use the default storage menu to find and remove temporary files on your PC. Here’s how.
Step 1: Head to Storage in Windows settings (refer to the steps above).
Step 2: Select ‘Temporary files’.
Step 3: Recycle Bin Windows Update Cleanup; Delivery Optimization Files; Turn on the checkmarks next to Windows upgrade log files and other suggestions.
Note: Be careful before enabling the checkbox next to ‘Downloads’. This will delete all your personal files from the Downloads folder.
Step 4: Click ‘Remove files’ at the top.
Using a trick on our PC we got around 10GB free.
2. Check and remove other files.
Thanks to the redesigned Settings menu in Windows 11, No more navigating the File Explorer menu to find large folders. You can check the same in Windows 11 settings menu. Follow the steps below.
Step 1: Head to the Storage menu in Windows 11 settings (check the steps above).
Step 2: Select another.
Step 3: Check the large folders from the menu below and delete unnecessary files.
You can also open the File Explorer app to find large folders. Right-click on such large folders and click the Delete icon from the context menu.
After removing large files, go to Recycle Bin to empty it.
3. Manage your mail storage.
When you send or receive dozens of emails every day; You need to check the Mail storage on your PC. This is an effective way to free up space on Windows without deleting apps.
Step 1: Go to the Storage menu in Windows settings (check the steps above).
Step 2: Select Mail.
Step 3: Click Manage Mail from the menu below.
Step 4: Remove unnecessary emails from the default Mail app.
4. Large, unused and find synced files.
A large, large file synced to your OneDrive account on your PC. unused You can search for files. You can remove them to make space in Windows.
Step 1: Go to the Storage Menu in Windows Settings.
Step 2: Select ‘Cleanup suggestions’ and expand large and unused files.
Step 3: Select the files you want to remove and click the Clean button.
Step 4: Expand ‘Files synced to the cloud’.
Step 5: Select the files and click Clean up button.
5. Free up space using OneDrive.
OneDrive files on-demand, so you can upload large files to the cloud storage service and use them offline only when you need them.
Step 1: Open the File Explorer app (Windows + E keys).
Step 2: Move large files from your local drive to OneDrive.
Step 3: Right-click on such files or folders and select Free Space from the context menu.
File Explorer will remove those files and store them only in OneDrive.
6. Open Storage Sense.
Enabling storage sense automatically frees up space, deletes temporary files, and manages locally available cloud content.
Step 1: Open the Storage menu in Windows settings (check the steps above).
Step 2: Turn on the ‘Storage Sense’ button.
That option will keep Windows running smoothly by automatically cleaning up temporary system and app files. You can manage cleaning schedules from the storage sensor menu.
Leave your storage worries to Windows.
You don’t need to remove important apps to free up space on your computer. You can achieve the same without deleting a single app. How much storage is freed up using the above steps? Share your experience in the comments below.