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Three ways to increase your storage space

Running out of storage space on your system? Here are three ways to create space on your system and make it easier to find the programs and files you actually use.

Delete programs you never use
To delete programs on Windows® 8, 7, Vista, or XP, click Start >> Control Panel >> Add/Remove Programs. From this list, you can delete programs you no longer need by selecting the program you want to uninstall, then clicking the "Uninstall" button.

Back up rarely-used data to an external hard drive
It's often said in tech circles that your data is only as safe as your last backup, and this adage holds true for nearly all users. To backup your files, get an external hard drive and designate it as your backup drive. By moving rarely-used files to an external hard drive and then deleting them from your system, you'll free up valuable storage space. External hard drives are available on Crucial.com.

Run the disk cleanup utility
To enable additional storage space, use Disk Cleanup, which removes temporary files, empties your Recycle Bin, clears cache and temporary files, and removes a variety of other files and items you no longer need. To use Disk Cleanup, follow these steps.

Windows 8

  • Open Disk Cleanup by clicking the Start button >> Control Panel >> Administrative Tools >> Disk Cleanup.
  • If the "Disk Cleanup: Drive Selection" dialog box appears, select the hard disk drive you want to clean up, then click OK.
  • Click the Disk Cleanup tab, then select the check boxes for the files you want to delete.
  • When you finish selecting the files you want to delete, click OK, and then click Delete files to confirm the operation. Disk Cleanup will remove all unnecessary files from your computer.
  • Keep Windows up-to-date with regular Windows Updates.

Windows 7

  • Open Disk Cleanup by clicking the Start button >> All Programs >> Accessories >> System Tools >> Disk Cleanup.
  • If the "Disk Cleanup: Drive Selection dialog box" appears, select the hard disk drive that you want to clean up, then click OK.
  • Click the Disk Cleanup tab, and then select the check boxes for the files you want to delete.
  • When you finish selecting the files you want to delete, click OK, and then click Delete files to confirm the operation. Disk Cleanup will remove all unnecessary files from your computer
  • Keep Windows up-to-date with regular Windows Updates.

Windows Vista

  1. Open Disk Cleanup by clicking the Start button >> All Programs >> Accessories >> System Tools, >> Disk Cleanup.
  2. In the "Disk Cleanup Options" dialog box, choose whether you want to clean up only your own files or all of the files on the computer. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
  3. If the "Disk Cleanup: Drive Selection" dialog box appears, select the hard disk drive that you want to clean up, then click OK.
  4. Click the Disk Cleanup tab, and then select the check boxes for the files you want to delete.
  5. When you finish selecting the files you want to delete, click OK, and then click Delete files to confirm the operation. Disk Cleanup will remove all unnecessary files from your computer.
  6. Keep Windows up-to-date with regular Windows Updates.

Windows XP

In Windows XP, there are two ways to perform Disk Cleanup.
  • In My Computer, right-click the disk in which you want to free up space, click Properties, click the General tab, then click Disk Cleanup.
  • Another way to perform Disk Cleanup is to click Start, then click Run. In the Open box, type cleanmgr, and then click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, then click Disk Cleanup.

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