1. Uninstall unused programs. Go to the Control Panel and select “Uninstall a Program.” Uninstall any programs that you don’t use or no longer need.
2. Delete temporary files. Temporary files are created by various programs and take up space on your hard drive. Open the “Run” window or press the Windows key plus R. Type %temp% and click OK. Select all the files and folders inside the folder and delete them.
3. Disk cleanup. Open the “Run” window or press the Windows key plus R. Type cleanmgr and click OK. Select the files you want to delete and click OK.
4. Disable system restore. System restore saves restore points on your hard drive, but these take up valuable disk space. To disable system restore, go to the Control Panel and select “System and Security”. Choose “System” and then select “System Protection”. From here, you can choose to delete all restore points or configure how much space is used for system restore.
5. Defragment your hard drive. Fragmentation of your hard drive will slow down your PC. Go to the Control Panel and select “Defragment and Optimize Drives”. Select the drive you want to defragment and click “Optimize”.