Lets understand which folders can be safely removed from the system to improve system performance.
You always wonder where is my disk space going or drive is running out of space. This is quiet common that non technical people always wonder, which folders should I clean to make free space to keep server alive. Lets make some efforts to understand which folders can be safely removed from the system to improve system performance.
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List the folders name and there functionality which can be removed. which folders can be safely removed from the system to improve system performance.
- Clean contents inside $RecycleBin folder C:\$Recycle.Bin
You will need to remove content inside $Recycle.Bin folders. This folder will be hide by default you will need to unhide it first. To know how to unhide click here. This folder contains the copy of files which has been deleted from your computer. its like a traces of the deleted files. This folder is different then the normal recycle bin even if you remove the content from recycle bin still the temp files will be saved here. C:\$Recycle.Bin
- Remove contents of Windows Temp folder C:\Windows\Temp
It includes the Temporary files of windows and its different the user temp folder. It contains the huge amount of temp files and consumes space in our disk drive which may cause the slowness of computer. C:\Windows\Temp
- Clean Windows Log folder it contains C:\Windows\Logs
Now again There is Logs folder it contains log information of the windows which is not needed at all. we can clean it up anytime. C:\Windows\Logs
- Clear User Temp folder C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Temp
This is the user Temp folder which contains the user temp data. when ever a user is working the unsaved data is saved here until user save it. this folder supplies the information to the RAM. Once user save the data it will be stored in the actual HDD. C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Temp
- Remove folder contains the managed patches C:\Windows\Installer\$PatchCache$\Managed
This folder contains the temp managed patches. Patch are the updates which makes your system secure from online threats. but there are the only temp files which are already installed actually on machine. hence we can remove them safely. C:\Windows\Installer\$PatchCache$\Managed
- Delete Software distribution folder C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution
Software distribution folder this is the actual Patch update folder it contains the update information of your computer. be we can safely remove the contents inside as it contains only information the updates are already installed and by removing this folder the patch will now be remove or uninstalled. C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution
- Remove Security archive files inside Winevent (windows event) C:\Windows\System32\winevt\Logs
Last but not least Security archive inside Winevent (windows event) This folder contains the windows events data. this data is useful to the system administrators to diagnose the actual problem of your system in case system is not working properly. We can find all the events happenings of your system whether it is hardware or software or application related events. make sure you remove only Security archive files. C:\Windows\System32\winevt\Logs
Some people suggest to remove the Prefetch cache folder as well. But that is not recommended. The folder contains the information which makes your process even faster. It boosts the execution performance by fetching the instruction to the original storage in slower memory to faster memory before its actually needed.
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