How we do cleanup and free space in Windows

How we do cleanup and free space in Windows
How we do cleanup and free space in Windows
From year to year Windows is growing more and more. I remember Windows Xp, which was good on a 32GB hard drive. Windows 10 and 250GB are now out of reach.

In reality, Windows does not take up much space

Most space is occupied by hibernation, virtual memory, third-party applications, and the files they generate.
Windows would also fit on a 32GB hard drive (no updates)

Space users:

1. The hibernation function, which many do not use, consumes about how much RAM is (see the tutorial how to disable it)
2. Virtual memory, which is useless if we have enough ram, consumes about 1 / 4 in RAM (see tutorial how to disable)
3. Windows updates and above all "Windows.old, which is deleted like this.
4. Updates that are stored on Windows 10 for share on the network.
5. Video files that are getting bigger, usually in editing applications
6. Games installed in partition C :, games that can be quite large

What is and what does WinDirStat do?

WinDirStat is a very useful application that shows us graphically how much space consumes different files.
You will be surprised by the ease of making free space on the Windows partition, using this application.

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How does WinDirStat help us free up Windows space?

The advantage of WinDirStat is that it helps us to have an overview of the entire partition in a graphical way, easy to understand by the human brain. Because we humans are not computers, we understand much better from an image. It is not for nothing that it is said, "A picture is worth a thousand words." Now you probably understand why children prefer books and magazines with "pictures", and some adults read "almanacs" with great pleasure.
This tutorial is a remake of an older tutorial with some upgrades.

To enable or disable Hibernation on Windows, launch CMD with administrator rights, and run one of the game's most recent commands. I used the deactivation command in the tutorial. In case you want to reactivate Hibernation on Windows 7, 8 or 10 you have the activation command below.

Windows XP 7, 8, or 10 Hibernation Disable Command:

powercfg.exe /hibernate off

Hibernation Command Windows 7, 8, or 10:

powercfg.exe /hibernate on

Download the WinDirStat application

(Official site)
Video tutorial - How to clean and free up space in Windows

Update: Wallpaper in the tutorial

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About Cristian Cismaru

I like everything related to IT&C, I like to share the experience and information I accumulate every day.
Learn as you learn!


  1. Florin said

    Hello! Why can not I see the chrome tutorial? I have Win 10, with Edge I can see the tutorial, but in Chrome I get the message, DNS for the server could not be found. "

  2. ViorelR said

    Thanks, super program.

  3. Iulian said

    Thanks a lot!

  4. See you forgot to put .exe after powercfg… Correct powercfg.exe / hibernate off / on

  5. Hi Cristi, could you tell where you got this wallpaper?

  6. Alexandru said

    Could you do a tutorial on how to create a custom hidden recovery partition just like it is on Windows laptops preinstalled? You know that each manufacturer modifies the operating system a bit in the sense that they are more useful than their own, includes some device information in System propriertes, changes the background, and so on. I currently have only the Windows and the drivers installed on my laptop and I want to back up the system as it is with the background I have now in my face, with the Lenovo programs and drivers that I have I installed it now, etc., you understand. I have found a video showing this or something, please: I've tried what's out there, it's mostly just that it does not keep my background (it's also the blue one from Wndows), and if I say I have Annyversary Update and after I receive updates from Creators Update and I want To give it Reset your PC, it does not work anymore, so it's like I would clean install it, it does not take into account that backup hidden in the recovery partition that I created and configured it like that video. If you know another solution by creating a system backup by placing it on a hidden partition exactly as laptop makers do, a tutorial would be useful.

    • That's what interests me

      • Alexandru said

        He published a tutorial today, but unfortunately it's not what I'm looking for, that is, he did not mention anything from the producers, plus what he did in the last tutorial does not resemble what I have shown in that link. Finally, perhaps this would be the first part of a series dedicated to this subject. I really need a tutorial on this topic, and I'll always stick around this tutorial all the way to it.

  7. Adrian said

    Hello Cristi,
    Thanks also for this welcome solution! Speaking of cleaning, do you know any software for identifying and removing duplicate folders, images or videos?
    Thank you!

    • Adrian Gudus said

      We have a tutorial on this topic, type in the search box on the top right "Duplicate Cleaner, free software for finding and removing duplicate files" press the enter key and you will find the tutorial

  8. George said

    In Windows Installer Patch is 18 Gb.E normal?

  9. Claudiu said

    Hello Cristi,
    I found an 1Gb file called pagefiles.sys and I do not know if it's good to delete it.
    Thank you!

    • @ Claudiu

      That pagefiles.sys is the virtual momentum that the OS does, if you want to delete it, you will do nothing but affect the speed of your work.

      • Visual memory is a portion of the fence or ssd fence, which is extremely slow compared to RAM.
        Virtual memory is a compromise that affects performance where there is enough RAM.

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