The Windows Team is serious about making Control Panel obsolete. I would not be surprised if it disappears within the next few revisions of Windows 10. We have showed you how to use features like Disk Cleanup to free up drive space, which comes in handy if you upgraded from an older version of Windows. When you upgrade, Windows 10 setup will preserve your old Windows installation just in case you want to go back. The Disk Cleanup utility has been around for a long time. But now there’s a new and easier way to delete useless files and free up space using the new Settings app in Windows 10.
Use Settings in Windows 10 to Delete Windows.old and Temporary Files
First, hit Windows key+i on your keyboard and select System.
On the next screen select Storage tab and then click your system drive where Windows 10 is installed.
Next, scroll down then click Temporary files.
You will see common locations where you can easily free up disk space such as temporary files, Downloads, Recycle Bin, and Previous versions of Windows.
What I like about the new interface that it’s not as busy as Disk Cleanup. Presented are the essential areas you will often want to clean up, not to mention it is easy to find with a few mouse clicks. You won’t find every option here, so you’ll still need to use the classic Control Panel and other settings that you’re used to in Windows 7.
Also, if you want to clean up other areas of the system that tend to use up disk space such as System Restore, check out our article for instructions.
What about you? Do you like where Windows 10 is heading with the new Settings app and phasing out the Control Panel? Leave a comment below and let us know your thoughts.