A cache is software or hardware which is used for storing something on a temporary basis in a computing environment. The cache is basically used for improving the performance of your frequently or recently accessed data. The cache is generally used by applications, web browsers, CPU, and other operating systems. The cache is essential for reducing the latency of data. Since caches are temporary files, they use a small amount of memory to process basic computer instructions. However, clearing or removing caches is also an important task to do on a regular basis. Clearing a cache on a regular basis is essential due to following reasons:
- Helps in cleaning RAM and boosting Windows
- Helps in keeping the application maintained or loading them properly
- Helps in removing the outdated files and information
- Helps in removing data that contains personal information
That’s why clearing cache is important on a regular basis. But, how do we do that? Don’t worry, in this blog, we will be discussing how to clear cache in Windows 11. So, let’s get started.
Best and Effective Ways to Clear Cache
Below mentioned are the best ways to clear cache in Windows 11:
Using Disk Cleanup to Clear Cache
Follow the below-mentioned steps for cleaning the cache with a disk cleanup app:
- Begin the process by clicking on the Windows key and then start typing Disk Cleanup and click on it.
- Now, from the “Files to delete” option, select the files that you wish to clear, and hit the “Ok” button
- For cleaning the system files, you will have to hit the “Clean up system files” option.
- After that, choose the drive wherein your system files are saved. Most of the system files are stored in C: drive.
- Now, wait for a while and let the Disk Cleanup scan and identify the files to be removed.
- After doing so, you will have to select the files that you wish to remove. You can do this task under the “Files to delete” option available on the screen. Hit the “Ok’ button after doing this.
If you don’t want to opt for this long and manual method, you can simply download a disk cleanup tool like Advanced System Optimizer.
Using Settings Menu to Clear Cache
This section is divided into two parts:
Cleaning temporary files
- Begin the process by pressing the Windows key and moving to the Settings option
- Now, choose System from the left side and go to Storage from the right side of the window
- Wait for a while and let the OS complete scanning and accessing of the temporary cache files from your system
- Now, select the Temporary files button
- Now, you will be able to see the list of cache files
- Scroll down, select and remove the files you wish to delete
- From the pop-up screen, press Continue for removing the temporary cache files. That’s it.
Clearing the Location Cache
- To begin the process, go to the Settings menu
- Now, go to the “Privacy & Security” and now go to the Location
- Now, go to the “Location History” and hit the Clear button
- Wait for a while and your location-related activities will be deleted from here.
Using Command Prompt to Clear Cache
- To begin the process, tap on the Windows key and type cmd, and select “Run as Administrator.”
- Now, type or copy the following command and then hit the Enter key:
- From this, the “Domain Name System Cache” will be removed.
Removing other types of cache
This section is divided into two parts:
Clearing Microsoft Store Cache
- Begin the process by pressing the “Windows+R” keys.
- Type or copy the below command and hit the “Ok” button.
- The window will be disappeared after cleaning the caches related to it.
- Microsoft Store will be launched after doing so.
Clearing Chrome Cache
- Begin the process by opening Chrome on your Windows PC.
- Now, go to the Settings option and move to “History” and go to “History from the secondary context menu.”
- Now, go to the left side of the Window and go to the “Clear Browsing Data.”
- Now, select the “Time Range” from the drop-down list.
- Go to the “Cached Images and Files” and hit the “Clear Data” option.
- That’s it.
Clearing Microsoft Edge Cache
- Begin the process by opening the “Microsoft Edge.”
- Now, go to Settings and then go to History and select “Manage History.”
- Now, move to the top-right side of the window and hit the button on the “Clear Browsing Data.”
- Select the time range from where you wish to clear the cache.
- Now, go to the Cached Image and Files and go to the “Clear Now” option for deleting the cache. That’s it.
I hope this blog helps you with clearing the cache in Windows 11.
Thanks for reading!