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How To Clear Cache on Windows 10 ( 7 Hidden Cache you must clear )

Whenever your Windows 10 PC Start misbehaving, Became slower, Freezes again and again, Take a long time to start or shutdown. Or Web browsers Take Time to open and load web pages. Clearing the Windows Cache is a good idea to get rid of this type of problems. With this small effort ( Clear windows hidden Cache ) Not only fix PC buggy performance also Freeup lots of disk space for you. Here this post we discuss How To clean up Windows 10 Hidden caches Safely. That will be Temp Files, Disk Cleanup, Windows.old, Explorer History or any browser history, Windows Store Cache, Windows Search History, Prefetch Files, Browser Cache, software distribution download, Location cache, Edge cache, and more.

What is a Cache?

A cache is a non-permanent file (or files) that may be needed again in the future, and is, therefore, kept hidden away until that time comes. Caching is used to make performance and working of applications better and faster. But some time Cache gets corrupt or damaged cause various problems ( Such As apps fail to open, windows updates fails to download and install, Windows store start misbehaving etc ) and the most important they take up valuable space — and that can be a problem if you have an SSD with limited capacity.




Windows 10 Update Cache

Open windows services ( Press Windows + R, type services.msc and ok ), look for windows update service, Right click and stop the service. Do the same with BITS service. Then open File Explorer and from view menu check the box of “Show hidden folders”.  Now go this path
“C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download”

After reaching to “Download” folder, delete all of its content. Start the services (windows update, BITS ) which you previously stopped. That’s all this is easy and simple way to delete your Windows update cache. This will not only free up system disk, Also fix most of windows update related problems on Windows 10 PC.

delete windows update cache
delete windows update cache

Windows Store Cache

To Remove the windows store cache Microsoft provides a utility called WSReset.exe that clears the cache for you. To do this press Windows + R, type WSReset.exe and click ok. A black window will open and it might seem like nothing is happening, but wait it out. It may take a few minutes deleting cache in the background. When all cache will delete the command box will automatically close.




Clear windows store cache is very useful to fix different windows store problems, especially if windows store stuck while downloading or updating apps.

Reset Windows Store Cache
Reset Windows Store Cache

Temp Files Cache

Temporary files are usually created as an intermediary while another file is being created or modified, but they can also hold temporary data that’s only needed by a program for a little while.

 Clear temp cache files is very easy simply Press windows + R, type %temp% and ok. This will display all temp files available on your PC, simply press Ctrl + A to select all and press Shift + Del (on the keyboard ) to delete them permanently

Also, you can delete temp cache files from windows 10 storage sense. Press Windows + I to open settings -> System -> Storage -> Change how we free up space. And click on clean now as shown image below.

windows 10 storage sense to clean up temp files
windows 10 storage sense to clean up temp files

Windows Thumbnail Cache

Thumbnails are great from a usability standpoint, but where do you think those thumbnails come from? Windows has to generate them on demand. When you use File Explorer to browse folders, every time you encounter a file for the first time, Windows has to create a thumbnail for it.

Go to start menu and go “File Explorer” and check the “show hidden folders” checkbox to make them visible. Now go to the following path.

“C:\Users\Username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer”

And select all files that start with icon cache and delete them permanently by pressing “Shift+delete”.

OR form Start Menu, search for the Disk Cleanup app and open it. When prompted, select your system drive (typically the C: drive) and wait as it analyzes the file system.

Under the Disk Cleanup tab, uncheck all boxes except for the one labeled Thumbnails, then click OK.

clear windows cache thumbnails
clear windows cache thumbnails

Windows Browser Cache (Edge, Chrome, Firefox)

Whenever you visit a webpage, your browser adds that page — including the HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and image files — to the browser’s cache. The next time you visit that same page, your browser uses the cached files to load the page faster. But sometimes this cache cause different problem for your web browser.

To delete the cache of your browser, go to start menu and type “Internet Options” and open it. There you’ll see the option for deleting the browsing history of your browsers. Select it and press “OK”

delete Windows Browser Cache
delete Windows Browser Cache

Or you can clear Cache for an individual Browser:




Chrome Browser: Open chrome Browser, Type chrome://settings/clearBrowserData in address bar. select the Cached Images and Files option, and make sure to clear from “the beginning of time”.

In Firefox, open the Options menu, go to the Advanced section, select the Network tab, and click the Clear Now button where it says Cached Web Content.

In Opera, open the Settings menu, go to the Privacy & Security section, under Privacy click on Clear Browsing Data, select the Cached Images and Files option, and make sure to clear from “the beginning of time”.

Clean DNS Cache

To clear the DNS cache, type cmd on start menu search Right click on command prompt and select run as administrator.  Then type ipconfig /flushdns and hit the enter key.This will clear DNS cache and fix most of the internet related problems on Windows 10 PC.

IP config Flush DNS command
IP config Flush DNS command

Windows System Restores Cache

And At last The System restore Cache. This will delete all restores point except the recent one. Go to start menu and type “System” and press enter. Now go to “System Protection” and select “system drive” and click on “configure” and then press on “delete”.

Open the Start Menu, search for the System app, and hit enter. Then look for the System Protection link and click it. Under the System Protection tab, select the system drive and click on Configure. At the bottom, click on Delete to erase all restore points saved for your system. If you do, be sure to create another restore point right away!

Confirm to Delete all System Restore points
Confirm to Delete all System Restore points

These are some hidden windows cache you must clear to free up lots disk space and fix most of windows problems. And the most common windows update not downloading, update stuck downloading, windows app store not working, windows store not opening etc. Have any query suggestion about this post feel free to discuss on comments below. Also, Read  Solved : WiFi Connected But No Internet Access windows 10 !!! [2018]

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