Reclaim GBs By Cleaning Up Microsoft Clutter

Reclaim GBs By Cleaning Up Microsoft Clutter

Ah, the perils of a digital life – where our virtual worlds can become just as cluttered as our physical ones. As a self-proclaimed technology enthusiast and a recovering hoarder, I know all too well the struggle of keeping my Windows 10 system running smoothly. But fear not, my fellow byte-collectors, for I have uncovered a trove of tips and tricks to help you reclaim those precious gigabytes and banish the Microsoft madness once and for all!

Unraveling the Mysterious Temp Files

Let’s start with the most notorious space-gobbling culprit: temporary files. These little buggers can accumulate faster than a herd of digital dust bunnies, and the worst part is, they often lurk in the shadows, hiding from the unsuspecting user. [1] As I discovered on my own system, the Settings app was reporting a whopping 20GB of temporary files, but when I went to investigate, the actual Temp folder only contained around 50MB. What gives, Microsoft?

Turns out, those elusive temporary files can be scattered across various nooks and crannies of your Windows installation, and the good old Temp folder is just the tip of the iceberg. [2] After a bit of detective work (and the occasional use of “Run” and “%temp%”), I managed to track down a folder called “WINDOWS-BT” that was hoarding around 12GB of unnecessary data. [3] With a few clicks and a touch of administrative privileges, I was able to reclaim that space, but the mystery didn’t end there.

Navigating the Windows Wilderness

As I delved deeper into the Windows file system, I stumbled upon another culprit: the infamous “Windows.old” folder. This directory is a remnant of previous Windows installations, and it can grow to massive proportions, easily consuming tens of gigabytes of precious storage. [4] The Disk Cleanup tool, bless its heart, couldn’t even detect this space-hogging folder, leaving me to take matters into my own hands.

With the help of a nifty little utility called TreeSize Free, I was able to visualize the file system and pinpoint the exact locations of these elusive space hogs. [5] And let me tell you, the results were eye-opening. Turns out, my Windows folder alone was taking up 25GB, while the official Settings app only reported 18GB. Go figure!

Taming the Temporary Titans

Now, you might be tempted to go on a deleting spree, but hold your horses! As with any surgery, you need to be a bit cautious when it comes to the inner workings of your Windows machine. [6] While I was able to reclaim a significant amount of space by removing the Windows.old folder, I did encounter a peculiar issue – the dreaded WINDOWS-BT folder kept reappearing, like a digital phoenix rising from the ashes.

After some more sleuthing, I discovered the culprit: a pending Windows update. [3] Apparently, the update process had created this folder, and it would continue to do so until the update was successfully installed. Once I let the update run its course, the WINDOWS-BT folder vanished on its own, and I was left with a clean, clutter-free system.

Embracing the Power of Disk Cleanup (and Beyond)

But wait, there’s more! While the Windows Disk Cleanup tool might not be the most comprehensive solution, it can still be a valuable ally in your quest for digital decluttering. [4] With a few clicks, I was able to identify and remove over 3GB of leftover installation files and other temporary data. And the best part? This process is completely safe and supported by Microsoft, so you can rest easy knowing you’re not accidentally deleting anything crucial.

Of course, Disk Cleanup is just the beginning. As I mentioned earlier, the TreeSize Free tool proved invaluable in uncovering the true nature of my storage woes. [5] But if you really want to take your Windows optimization to the next level, consider giving a third-party utility like CCleaner a try. [6] This nifty little program can scour your system for all sorts of hidden junk, from browser caches to old log files, and help you reclaim those precious gigabytes with ease.

Declutter and Conquer

So there you have it, my fellow digital declutterers – a comprehensive guide to taming the Microsoft madness and reclaiming the GBs that rightfully belong to you. Remember, the key to a well-oiled Windows system is a combination of vigilance, patience, and a healthy dose of tech-savvy moxie.

Start by tackling those pesky temporary files, then dive into the Windows wilderness to uncover hidden space hogs. Embrace the power of Disk Cleanup, but don’t be afraid to venture beyond with tools like TreeSize Free and CCleaner. And above all, stay curious and never underestimate the power of a little detective work – you never know what digital treasures you might uncover!


[1] “AppData takes up 70GB – How to free up the space?” from Microsoft Answers,

[2] “What are good cleaning practices to keep my OS?” from r/Windows10,

[3] “Something is eating up all my disk space” from Microsoft Answers,

[4] “Free Up Hard Disk Space” from Journal of Accountancy,

[5] “What’s the best way to free up space on a computer hard drive?” from AICPA & CIMA,

[6] “20GB of temporary files, only 50MB in temp folder” from Super User,

[7] “Disk space unreleased after cleaning up rows from pg_table” from Database Administrators Stack Exchange,

[8] “Reclaim GBs By Cleaning Up Microsoft Clutter” from Microsoft Store,