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How-to: Free Up Hard Drive Space when Cleaning Windows XP

Microsoft Windows logoThere’s still millions of PC’s running Windows XP – a 14-year old operating system. All chock-a-block with junk files abandoned by users or by Windows itself. So what do you do if you’ve run out of space on a old XP desktop PC?

Cleaning a computer running Windows XP is often a matter of getting rid of files you don’t need any more – files you may not know exist.

First – empty the Recycle bin: right-click the Recycle bin and choose Empty Recycle Bin.

Second – empty your Deleted Items and Junk Email folders. In your e-mail client, choose the folder and choose File, Empty Folder. In some clients you can right-click the folder and choose Empty Folder.

Third – clear the temporary Internet files cache. This cold be a serious space-hog in an old machine. In Internet Explorer, choose Tools, Internet Options, General tab, Delete Files.

Fourth – Delete Temporary files. Run a search to find all the files ending in the extension .tmp. Use the Windows Search function (Start, Search) to locate and delete the files. Sort by date and leave anything with today’s date-stamp – this is liekly to be in use in your current Windows session.

You can also delete or archive files ending in the extension .bak or .old. Use the Windows Search function (Start, Search) to locate the files, either delete or move them off onto external media. AJS

Related: How-to: Use Windows Built in Cleaning Utilities

About Allan J. Smithie

Allan J. Smithie is a journalist and commentator based in Dubai.


3 thoughts on “How-to: Free Up Hard Drive Space when Cleaning Windows XP

  1. interesting discussion

    Posted by carla miglioli | October 10, 2013, 6:54 am
  2. i like your post. great stuff and new ideas. so keep it up.

    Posted by cat_sk8 | November 4, 2013, 3:06 pm


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