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How to Clear Cache in Windows 10 for Better Performance

How to Clear Cache in Windows 10 for Better Performance

Some of you might be wondering what exactly cache is. so know the simple definition of cache is sometimes mispronounced as cachet is data stored on your computer that can help to make future requests for that data faster. There may be times cash gets corrupted or is not functioning efficiently.

So it's highly recommended to clear out the cache periodically to free up space on your drives troubleshoot issues on your computer and improve the overall system performance. Follow the process we are going to clear 6 different types of cache on your Windows 10.



How to Clear Cache in Windows 10 for Better Performance



1. DNS Cache


How to Clear Cache in Windows 10 for Better Performance


If you're experiencing internet connection problems or having difficulty accessing a certain website or server you may have a corrupt local DNS cache.

1. To clear the DNS cache, go to the search bar and type > cmd.

2. You could right-click on the command prompt and select > run as administrator or on the right select > run as administrator.

The DNS which stands for domain name system translates domain names like www.microsoft.com to an IP address.

Sometimes problems can occur, like DNS cache poisoning, spoofing or some other issue flushing the DNS cache can sometimes fix those problems allowing your computer to connect properly.

3. So in the command prompt, enter this command "ipconfig/flushDNS" then > hit enter on your keyboard.

If done correctly you'll see the message successfully flushed the DNS resolver cache.



2. Temporary Files Cache


How to Clear Cache in Windows 10 for Better Performance

A common type of cache most people know about is temporary files. so you have to clear those out first.

1. To the left of the taskbar, go to search and type > disk cleanup select it when it shows up to make sure the operating system drive is selected for most of you that will be the  > click c- drive > click ok.

2. Go to temporary files > scroll down a bit and check the box next to it. you can also check the other types of files here if you want.

3. After selecting the files, to delete click > clean up system files click > ok again.

After calculating the freed-up space you'll see this window opened again.

4. This time go at the bottom click > ok.

You'll get a warning box asking if you're sure that you want to permanently delete these files select > delete files.

It will now clear out the unnecessary files that you selected depending on the age of your system this could take up to several minutes.



3. Microsoft Store Cache

How to Clear Cache in Windows 10 for Better Performance

If you have issues downloading or installing apps from the Microsoft store, formerly known as the windows store, or if the store app itself fails to launch one way to fix the issues is to clear and reset the cache for the Microsoft store don't worry about doing this won't remove any of your installed apps.

if you have the store app running close it out.

1. Open the run dialog box using either the windows key + R keyboard shortcut or by going to the lower-left right-clicking > on the start menu and > selecting run.

2. Name the file type WSReset.exe hit enter on your keyboard or click > ok.

A command box with no text will open the cache will be deleted in the background. when it's done the box will close and the store will open. For this one you have to be patient waiting for it to finish even on newer high-powered systems, this one can take a while.



4. Browser Cache

How to Clear Cache in Windows 10 for Better Performance

If you notice your internet browser is slowing down because of an overloaded cache or having trouble opening certain web pages it might be time to clear the cache from your browser. I can't show you how to do this for every browser but I'll show you how to do this on the 3 most used with windows 10.

If you're using google chrome

1. Click on the three-dot menu in the upper right.

2. Go to more tools and select clear browsing data.

3. In the pop-up menu check the box next to cached images and files.

In the Basic tab, you also have the choice to check to browse the history, and cookies, and other site data. If you head over to advanced you have additional options including download history and passwords.

4. Once you've made your selections choose you will see a time range, you have the choice from last hour to all-time.

5. Just select what time you prefer and in the lower right click on clear data.

When the pop-up window disappears you're done.



1. Firefox Browser Cache

How to Clear Cache in Windows 10 for Better Performance


In the Firefox browser.

1. Click the menu icon in the upper right.

2. Select options in the left pane select >  privacy and security.

3. Scroll down to about halfway down the page until you see history.

4. Click on clear history.

5. Put a checkmark next to cache and any others you want to clear along with the time range and when you're done > click ok.



2. Microsoft Edge Cache


How to Clear Cache in Windows 10 for Better Performance


For Microsoft edge.

1. Click on the 2 dot menu icon and select Settings.

2. Select privacy and services.

3. Go to the section > clear browsing data.

4. Click choose what to clear choose everything that you want to clear out including cached images, and files.

5. Select the time range and then click > clear now.

If using a browser not mentioned you'll find the steps to clear browsing data to be somewhat similar.



5. File Explorer Cache


How to Clear Cache in Windows 10 for Better Performance

If you notice files or folders loading very slowly or not loading at all clearing the file explorer history we'll delete the cache and create a new one fixing the issue.

1. Open the file explorer window at the top.

2. Click the view tab on the right side of the ribbon.

3. Click options with the general tab selected.

4. In the privacy section click on clear > to clear the file explorer history. 



6. Location Cache

How to Clear Cache in Windows 10 for Better Performance

When you have location turned on in settings your locations are looked up by programs and services are stored in the location cache for 24 hours. sometimes this gets corrupted thinking you're in another location.

1. To fix this go to the search bar and type > privacy.

2. Click on privacy settings > on the left under app permissions select > location.

3. Scroll down and > look for location history.

4. Below location clear history on this device click on > clear.

When you see the checkmark you'll know it's done. if it's useful let me in the comment section or give a reaction.

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