As Microsoft continues to update and improve Windows 10, it’s moving away from the Control Panel and putting those options in the Settings app.
As Microsoft continues to update Windows 10, it’s moving away from the Control Panel and putting those options in the Settings app. Eventually, you’ll be able to access most, if not all, system maintenance options in one central location with a new interface.
For example, if you want to manually update Windows 10, you go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update. We’ve shown you how to save disk space by removing temp files and previous versions of Windows after an update using the traditional Disk Cleanup option. Here’s a look at getting the same thing done using the Windows 10 Settings app.
Free Up Disk Space Using Windows 10 Settings App
Open the Settings app and go to System > Storage and from there select This PC (which is typically C: and is your local drive).
Then wait while Windows calculates what is taking up space on your drive. You’ll get a breakdown of different categories like apps, documents, music, mail, and more. Click on any of those categories to find unnecessary items that you can delete.
If you click on Apps & Games, you’ll be able to go through and delete what you no longer need or want. Just click or tap the app and then Uninstall. Other sections like music, documents, or videos will open the folder location so you can manually delete files.
When it comes to taking up a bunch of disk space, the typical culprit is temp files. Just scroll down and click or tap Temporary files. From there you can delete temp files, downloads, the recycle bin, and also previous versions of Windows if it exists.
For more tips on getting your disk space back, check out our guide to freeing up drive space on Windows 10 PCs.
If you’ve recently upgraded to the new OS, make sure to find out more by reading through our Windows 10 archive of tips and how to galleries.