How to Optimize Windows 11 by Removing Junk Files

Maintaining an optimized Windows 11 system involves regularly removing junk files that accumulate over time. This not only frees up valuable storage space but also enhances the system’s performance. This guide explores various methods to eliminate these unnecessary files from your PC, highlighting both the advantages and potential drawbacks.

Emptying the Recycle Bin:

The Recycle Bin serves as a temporary storage for deleted files. To permanently remove these files:

  1. Double-click on the Recycle Bin icon on the desktop to open it, and select Empty Recycle Bin.
  2. Or right-click on the Recycle Bin icon on the desktop and select Empty Recycle Bin.
  3. Click Yes to confirm.

Deleting Temporary or Junk Files:

Remove junk files from windows 11

Windows 11 generates temporary files that can safely be removed. To remove these junk files:

  1. Open Settings (Windows + i) and navigate to System > Storage.
  2. Select the Junk files to remove from the list, and click Remove files > Continue.
  3. Click the back arrow to return to the previous screen.
  4. Enabled the first option: Keep Windows running smoothly.
  5. Turn on the button below Automatic User content cleanup.
  6. Scroll down and configure the cleanup schedules to your preference.
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Disk Cleanup utility

Disk Cleanup is an integrated tool within Windows 11 and 10 designed to remove a variety of junk files, including temporary internet files and system cache.

  1. In Windows search, search for Disk Cleanup and click on the results.
  2. Select your primary drive (usually C:), and click OK to start.
  3. For more options, click on the Clean up system files button.
  4. On the new Disk Cleanup window select the desired cleaning options and press OK.

The Benefits of Removing System Junk Files

  • Space Efficiency: Removing junk files can significantly increase available storage space, providing room for essential files and applications.
  • Enhanced System Performance: A cleaner system devoid of unnecessary files operates more efficiently, potentially speeding up various system processes.
  • Malware Reduction: Although not common, malware can sometimes hide among junk files. Removing these files may inadvertently eliminate hidden threats.


Regularly cleaning junk files from Windows 11 is a key maintenance practice that enhances both system performance and security. Through the methods outlined above, users can effectively manage and reduce the accumulation of unnecessary files. However, it is important to proceed with caution to ensure that valuable data is not inadvertently removed. For example; Deleting cookies may result in being logged out from web services and certain cleanup actions might erase clipboard data or current browsing sessions. Embracing a routine cleanup process will ensure that your Windows 11 system remains efficient, secure, and optimized for daily use.

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Derick Payne
My name is Derick Payne. With a deep-seated passion for programming and an unwavering commitment to innovation, I've spent the past 23 years pushing the envelope of what's possible. As the founder of Rizonetech and Rizonesoft, I've had the unique opportunity to channel my love for technology into creating solutions that make a difference.

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