How to Clear Your PC’s Cache in Windows 10

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Like with clear your browser cache, clearing the Windows cache is a good start to troubleshooting system problems, 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 empty the cache of temporary files, type “Disc cleaning”” In the Windows search bar located in the lower left corner of the desktop.

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Find Disk Cleanup

Select the “Disk Cleanup” application, which will appear in the Windows search results.

Disk Cleanup application in search results

Once selected, Disk Cleanup will start calculate the space you can free up on the operating system drive (C :).

Disk cleanup calculation

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 “Trash” or “Downloads”.

Once you have selected what you want to erase, click on “Clean up system files”.

Select and erase 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.”

Select and erase system files 2

A warning will appear prompting you to confirm that you are sure you want to permanently delete the files. Select “Delete files”.

Permanently 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 erase your Windows 10 PC DNS hidden, open 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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Find a command prompt

The “Command Prompt” application will appear in the search results. Right-click on it and select “Run as administrator” from the menu.

Run command prompt as administrator

Then run the following command:

ipconfig / flushDNS

flush dns command

You will receive a message informing you that you have successfully flushed the DNS resolver cache.

Success message

Clear Windows Store cache

To erase 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, and then click “OK.”

WSReset command

Once selected, a black window will appear. There is nothing you can do here, so wait a few moments while the cache clears.

Blank windows window

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 on 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.

Start menu icon

The “Settings” window will appear. Scroll down and select the “Privacy” option.

Privacy option in Windows settings

You will now be in the “Privacy” group of settings. In the left pane, select “Location”, which is found in the “Application permissions” section.

Location option

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”.

Clear location history

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