Cache is nothing but a little space in the computer hard disk and RAM memory that is been utilized to save the recently accessed browser data such as web page, texts, images etc. And the main aim of this cache memory is to offer a faster user experience. This memory saves the copies of recently visited websites so that next time if you visit the same page, the computer will present that saved data thus the need to rush to the original source to fetch the data is eliminated. It saves a great time while the users can experience a faster browsing. However, it is to mention that this cache is only for saving the browser data. This is better called as the short-term or temporary memory.

How To Clear Computer Cache Windows 10

However, it is vital to clear this computer cache very often as too much cache can occupy a great amount of space on the hard drive thus can slow down the machine. So, it is always better to get rid of the outdated cache data that are no longer required and simply has occupied a valuable amount of space. However, the process varies according to various factors and those are explained here one by one. So, if you are using windows 10 and wondering how to clear computer cache windows 10, that is also covered in this article.

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How To Clear Computer Cache Windows 10

If you are using Windows 10 version, then this process is for you. The computer cache can be of various types such as browser cache, store cache, temporary files etc. So, the process to get rid all of them are listed here.

Delete temporary cache files

  • First, click on the windows icon at the bottom left corner of the screen and then click Run.
  • It will open the command box where you need to type %temp% and hit enter.
  • It will show loads of files. Delete all of them.
  • Again open the command box and type temp to hit. Delete all the available files.
  • Open the command box one more time. Now type the word ‘Prefetch’ and hit enter.
  • Delete the available files.

Disk clean up

  • To launch disk clean up type cleanmgr in the Cortana search box and select the Disk clean up option from the search results.
  • Disk clean up will offer all the drives, so choose the drives one by one to scan files and clean up.
  • First, choose the drive ‘C’ and press ‘OK’.
  • It will offer numerous options. So, check all the required box and tap on ‘Clean up system files’.
  • Windows will calculate the amount of storage to clean up. Next, click OK to initiate the process.

Delete Windows store cache

Windows Store comes with the Windows Store beta and this saves a huge amount of cache which contributes to the performance issue definitely. So, it is suggested to delete the store cache very often

  • Open the command box by clicking the Windows icon at the bottom left and type run.
  • Here type exe and then press Enter.
  • It will delete the Windows Store cache.

Delete DNS Cache

Deleting DNS cache is also suggested in case you are facing issues with the browsing. The process is explained here.

  • Type cmd in the Cortana search box and it will open the Command prompt.
  • Here type the word ‘ipconfig/flushDNS’ and then hit enter.
  • That’s it and thus the DNS cache will be flushed.

Clear Browser Cache

Clearing browsing cache will vary for every browser. The process is discussed one by one.

Edge:

  • Launch the browser first and tap on the three dots icon at the top right corner.
  • Click on settings at the bottom and then click again ‘Choose what to clear’.
  • Next, select all those stuff to be cleared and finally click on ‘Clear’. That’s it.

Internet Explorer:

Launch the browser first and in the menu bar you need to select  ’View and select options’. Next, follow the path General>Privacy> Clear and then OK. It will then clear all the browser history.

Google Chrome:

How To Clear Computer Cache Windows 10

Open the browser and tap on the three lines at the top right corner. Next select settings>Show advanced settings>Privacy section> Clear the browsing data. Now tick the checkbox ‘empty the cache’ and click again ‘clear browsing data’.

Firefox:

  • Launch the browser and tap on the Firefox button at the top. Hover over the history and select ‘Clear recent history’.
  • Tap on the details section and select the Cache option.
  • Next, set the time range to ‘everything’ and tap the ‘clear now’ button.

So, this is the entire process of how to clear computer cache windows 10.

 

How To Clear Cache On Pc Windows 7

Are you using Windows 7 and looking for ways to delete the cache to boost up the performance? Well, then keep reading. Again the cache is of different types, so you need to delete all those caches one by one to witness enhancement in the performance.

Delete memory cache

  • First, right click anywhere on the screen and select shortcut.
  • Next, you will be asked put the location of the shortcut, So type there ‘%windir%\system32\rundll32.exe advapi32.dll,ProcessIdleTasks ’. Click ‘Next’.
  • Again, you will be asked to put a name of the shortcut, So, type a name and then hit ‘Finish’.
  • That’s it. You have cleared the memory cache. Open the newly created shortcut then which will perform much better.

How To Clear Computer Cache Windows 10

Delete DNS Cache

  • Click Start on your Windows 7 computer machine and type the word ’Command prompt’ in the search bar.
  • Right-click on the Command prompt as you get that and then go for selecting the ‘Run as Administrator’ option.
  • Now type ipconfig /flushdns there and hit enter.

How To Clear Computer Cache Windows 10

Clear Thumbnail Cache

Too much thumbnail cache too can give rise to issues like the performance issue, so you are advised to clear that as well. This cache is nothing but the preloaded files utilized by the Windows as a preview of the folders. Here is how to clear them.

  • Right click on the primary disk partition and select ‘Properties’.
  • Next click on ‘Disk clean up’ and it will open the disk clean up dialog.
  • Here select all the files to be deleted, but ensure to check the ‘Thumbnail’ box.
  • Press Ok and then delete files to confirm the process.

Clear browser cache

Internet Explorer

  • First, launch the browser to click on the Gear icon at the top right corner.
  • Hover the mouse over safety and select ‘Delete browsing history’.
  • Tick the box ‘Temporary internet files’ and press the delete button.

Google Chrome:

Open the browser and tap on the three lines at the top right corner. Next select settings>Show advanced settings>Privacy section> Clear the browsing data. Now tick the checkbox ‘empty the cache’ and click again ‘clear browsing data’.

Firefox:

  • Launch the browser and tap on the Firefox button at the top. Hover over the history and select ‘Clear recent history’.
  • Tap on the details section and select the Cache option.
  • Next, set the time range to ‘everything’ and tap the ‘clear now’ button.

 

How To Clear Cache Memory In Windows 8

We have already covered the process to clear cache for Windows 7 and Windows 10, and this process is for windows 8.

Clear Desktop app Cache

There are few options when it comes to clearing the Desktop app cache. Either you can make use of a utility tool such as CCleaner while you can also go ahead to do it manually. If you wish to do it manually, here is how.

How To Clear Computer Cache Windows 10

  • First, launch the charms menu by clicking the Windows logo on your keyboard.
  • Next type cleanmgr.exe in the search field and select that option in the search result’s left panel.
  • It will then bring the Disk Cleanup dialog box. Click on OK.
  • It will start scanning the files, when scanning is done, check the box ‘Thumbnail’ and press OK again. That’s it.

DNS cache can also be deleted to witness the improved performance. The process is same as the other OS. So, follow the same process to clear DNS cache.

Clear Windows store cache

  • Launch run by pressing the (windows key + R).
  • Type the command exe here and hit enter. That’s it. You have successfully deleted the Store cache on Windows 8.

Clear Cache from the search history

  • To clear the cache of the search history launch the Charms bar and go to settings> PC settings.
  • Click on ‘Search’ in the left panel and then ‘Delete history’ at the right side.

Clear Internet Explorer Cache

  • Launch the Charms bar and go to settings> Internet Options
  • Here you will see an option delete browsing history. Tap the ‘Delete’ button under that and it will clear the cache from IE.

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