How to clear cache in Windows 10

Clearing the cache regularly helps in improving the computer’s speed and overall performance. Below are the steps to clear cache in Windows 10.

Clear cache on Windows 10

The function of a “cache” on a computer is to store temporary files and recently accessed data from the hard drive so they can be reused by apps, programs, and processes running on the computer.

While this helps to improve the overall speed and performance of the apps, eventually the computer’s cache gets filled with obsolete files resulting in computer slowdown.

Sometimes the files stored in the cache can get corrupted or corrupted which leads to the apps malfunctioning and other issues on the device.

So, all kinds of temporary and cached files must be deleted from computer especially when it is running slow or has problems.

1. Clear temporary files cache with Disk Cleanup

The easiest way to clear cached files on a Windows computer is to use the built-in Disk Cleanup tool as available in Windows 10.

Type Disk Cleanup in the search bar and click Disk cleanup app in the search results.

Open the Windows Disk Cleanup app

On the Disk Cleanup screen, select all article and click OK.

Clean temporary files with Windows Disk Cleanup utility

Select in the confirmation popup delete files Option to confirm and wait for Disk Cleanup utility to clean selected file types from your computer.

2. Clear the cache with Storage Sense

Windows 10 also offers the option to manually delete temporary files using Storage Sense.

Go to settings > system > select storage in the left pane. In the right pane, click Configure or run Storage Sense now Possibility.

Run Storage Sense to free up disk space

On the next screen, select the data types you want to remove and click on it Clean now Button.

Delete selected files to free up disk space

This will remove all temporary and other selected unwanted files from your device.

3. Clear DNS cache

Type CMD in the search bar > right click on command prompt and select Execute as administrator Possibility.

Open Command Prompt as Administrator

In the command prompt window, type ipconfig /flushdns and press the Enter Key.

Flush DNS using Command Prompt

Once the command has been processed, you will see the message “DNS resolver cache flushed successfully”.

4. Clear Windows Store cache

Right click on the beginning click and click RUN. In the Run Command window, type wsreset.exe and click OK.

Run the wsreset.exe command

A blank window will appear on your computer screen.

Blank wsreset screen

Wait patiently for the Windows Store cache to be cleared. After that, the black screen will close and you will see Windows Store start up on your computer.

5. Delete location data

Go to settings > privacy > select location in the left pane. In the right pane, scroll down to the Location History section and click the Clear Button.

Option to clear location history in Windows

This will delete the location history stored by Windows 10 on your device.

6. Clear Windows icon cache

Open file manager > navigate to C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer.

Clear Windows icon cache

In the explorer folder, select all files that start with iconcache and delete them.

7. Clear the system restore cache

If you have the option to automatically create system restore points enabled, your computer will likely be filled with multiple system restore points, which will unnecessarily take up disk space on your computer.

Type Disk Cleanup in the search bar > right click on Disk cleanup app and click Execute as administrator.

Run Disk Cleanup as Administrator

On the next screen, select the More options Tab and click Clean up button in the System Restore & Shadow Copies section.

Disk Cleanup More options

In the confirmation popup, click the Extinguish button to confirm.

Windows will now delete all system restore points on your computer and only keep the most recent system restore point on your computer.


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