If you’re experiencing slow performance or lag on your computer, one possible solution could be to clear out excess caches. Caches are temporary storage areas that help speed up processes by storing frequently accessed data or files for quicker access. However, over time, these caches can accumulate and become bloated, leading to slower performance and potential system crashes. In this guide, we’ll explore the various types of caches on your PC and show you how to safely and effectively clear them out to speed up your computer and improve overall performance.
Follow the steps or watch the video below to clear various caches on Windows:
- Clearing temporary files: a. Press the Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box. b. Type “%temp%” (without the quotes) and press Enter. c. This will open the Temp folder. Press Ctrl + A to select all files and folders in the folder. d. Press the Delete key to delete all selected files and folders.
- Clearing browser cache: a. Open your web browser. b. Press Ctrl + Shift + Delete to open the Clear browsing data menu. c. Select the time range you want to clear and check the box next to “Cached images and files.” d. Click the Clear data button.
- Clearing Windows Store cache: a. Press the Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box. b. Type “wsreset.exe” (without the quotes) and press Enter. c. This will clear the Windows Store cache.
- Clearing DNS cache: a. Press the Windows key + X and select Command Prompt (Admin) or PowerShell (Admin). b. Type “ipconfig /flushdns” (without the quotes) and press Enter. c. This will clear the DNS cache.
- Clearing thumbnail cache: a. Press the Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box. b. Type “cleanmgr” (without the quotes) and press Enter. c. Select the drive where Windows is installed and click OK. d. Check the box next to “Thumbnails” and click OK.
It is important to note that clearing caches may temporarily slow down your system or cause some websites to load more slowly as the caches are rebuilt. However, over time, your system should perform better and free up more space on your hard drive.
How do I clear my CPU cache Windows?
The CPU cache is a hardware component and cannot be cleared in the same way as software caches. However, you can try restarting your computer or resetting your BIOS settings to clear the CPU cache. But please note that clearing the CPU cache is not recommended for regular maintenance and may have unintended consequences, so proceed with caution.
Is it safe to clear the cache on Windows?
Clearing caches on Windows can help improve system performance and free up space on your hard drive. It is generally safe to clear caches on Windows, but there are a few things to keep in mind. Clearing caches may temporarily slow down your system or cause some websites to load more slowly as the caches are rebuilt. Also, clearing certain caches may result in the loss of saved data or preferences, so be sure to back up any important information before proceeding.
How do I clear out my cache?
To clear out your cache on Windows, follow the steps I mentioned in my previous answer. You can clear various caches on Windows including temporary files, browser cache, Windows Store cache, DNS cache, and thumbnail cache. You can also use third-party software such as CCleaner to help automate the process.