The segment in the computer’s memory which is used for storing the temporary files is called cache. The general meaning of the word “Cache” is an inaccessible place where similar items are stored.
Cache helps to boost the computer’s speed while opening the web pages or searching for a file. As the web pages are already stored in the cache when they were opened last time, the browser takes very less time to load them. If the cache is not cleared from time to time, you may not see the latest version of the website. Once you clear the cache, you can see the new version of the webpage in your browser. There are many types of cache section in Windows 10. Let us explore the ways to clear cache on your Windows 10 computer.
How to delete temporary files using Disk Cleanup?
- Go to the taskbar. Type “Disk Cleanup”
- Select “Disk Cleanup” utility from the results and open it.
- Select all the file types in “Clean up system files” you want to delete.
- Click on “Remove Files”
- Disk Cleanup cleans lots of unnecessary junk data from your computer.
How to flush DNS cache in Windows 10?
Whenever you visit a website using its domain name (i.e. geeksgyaan.com), your browser is directed to a DNS server where it gets the IP address of that website. Then you are then directed to that website. A record of the IP address, that domain name points to is created within Windows so that if you visit that same website again, the information is accessed quicker.
DNS cache stores all the DNS related information like IP addresses of all the websites you’ve visited from your computer. These records help the browsers to load pages faster. However, if the IP address of the website is changed due to some reasons, you may see the errors like “Website not found”. If you are unable to open some websites or you are getting a lot of websites not found errors, it can be solved by resetting the DNS cache on your computer.
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How to clear Windows Store cache in Windows 10?
The Windows Store app helps the users to browse or purchase all kinds of apps, movies, games, TV shows, audiobooks, etc. If you are facing any issues while updating the apps, it can be solved by deleting the Windows Store cache.
- Go to the search bar and type “Run”. It opens the Run dialog.
- Type WSReset and click enter.
- You’ll see a new window which says that Windows Store cache is cleared.
How to clear Search History from File Explorer in Windows 10?
Search History stores all the past searches you have done on File Explorer. It is very easy to delete those past searches!
- Go to File Explorer.
- Go to the Search tab. Under the search tab, you see an option called “Recent Searches”.
- Click on “Recent Searches” to see the drop-down.
- You’ll see “Clear Search History”. Click on it to clear the search history from File Explorer.
How to clear cache in Internet Explorer in Windows 10?
- Go to the search bar in Windows 10.
- Type “Internet Options”.
- Internet Options opens in a small window. You’ll see the section called “Browsing History”.
- Click on the “Delete” button which is right under it. Select all options in the dialog box. Click “Delete”.
It deletes the cookies, web form data, stored passwords, history and other temporary files which are stored in Internet Explorer cache. It takes a couple of seconds to completely delete the browser cache.
You’ll notice that your browser takes slightly more time to load the web pages than before as you have deleted the cache. Though it is a bit slow, you can be sure that you are browsing the updated version of the webpage.
As you can see, there are different types of cache stored in your Windows 10 computer. The software in Windows machines always accumulates some sort of files in the cache for various reasons like speed, security, performance, etc.
It’s always a good idea to clean up the cache regularly to free up some space. The cache also interferes with updating the apps and web pages as mentioned above.
There are some very good third-party tools like CCleaner which makes the cache cleaning very easy process for you. Generally, in Windows 10 computer, you need to do at least 4 or 5 steps to delete the cache completely. The third-party software makes it an easy process with just one step.
There are many benefits of clearing the cache regularly. If you visit a number of websites, probably you’ve got lots of caches stored in the browser. It slows down the computer and drags down its performance. If your disk space is filling up, it’s a good idea to clear the cache to make up some space.
If you are using a public computer it is recommended to delete the cache at the beginning for security reasons. Cookies may store usernames and passwords. Clearing the cache also deletes the cookies. So clear the cache at the beginning and the ending of your session. So