How to Clear Your PC’s Cache in Windows 10

Quick Links

  • Clear the Temporary Files Cache with Disk Cleanup
  • Clear Windows Store Cache

Key Takeaways

  • Clearing the cache in Windows 10 can help troubleshoot system issues, improve performance, and free up disk space.
  • Use Disk Cleanup to clear temporary files cache. Select the files you want to delete and click «Clean Up System Files.»
  • Clear DNS cache by opening Command Prompt as an admin and running the command «ipconfig /flushDNS.» The Windows Store and location cache can also be cleared.

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As with clearing the cache in your browser, clearing the cache in Windows is a good start for troubleshooting system issues, improving system performance, and freeing up disk space. Here’s how to clear your cache in Windows 10.

Clear the Temporary Files Cache with Disk Cleanup

To clear the temporary files cache, search «Disk Cleanup» in the Start Menu search bar. Select the «Disk Cleanup» app, which will appear in the search results.

Search for

Once selected, Disk Cleanup will start calculating how much space you can free up on the operating system drive (C:), or whichever drive you select. On a modern SSD, the window will probably be fast enough that you barely see it. The Disk Cleanup for OS (C:) will now appear. Scroll down and check the box next to «Temporary Files.» You can also choose to delete files from other locations, such as «Recycle Bin» or «Downloads.»

Once you’ve selected what you’d like to clear, click «Clean Up System Files.»


Once Windows calculates the amount of storage space that will be freed up, you’ll be brought to the same page again. This time, select the files and locations a second time that you’d like to delete and then click «OK.»

Select what you want to clean again, then click

A warning will appear, prompting you to confirm you are sure you want to permanently delete the files. Select «Delete Files.»


Disk Cleanup will now clean up unnecessary files on your machine. This process could take several minutes.

Clear DNS Cache

If you want to clear your Windows 10 PC’s DNS cache, open Command Prompt as an admin. To do this, click the Start button, then type «Command Prompt» in the search bar. The «Command Prompt» app will appear in the search results. Right-click it and select «Run As Administrator» from the menu, or click «Run as Administrator» on the side.

You can also use PowerShell if you prefer that.

Run Command Prompt as administrator.

Next, run the following command:

ipconfig /flushDNS


You’ll receive a message letting you know you’ve successfully flushed the DNS Resolver Cache.

The DNS cache has been flushed successfully.

Clear Windows Store Cache

To clear the Windows Store cache, open «Run» by pressing Windows+R on your keyboard. The «Run» window will appear. In the text box next to «Open,» type WSReset.exe and then click «OK.»

Press Windows+R then enter

Once selected, a black window will very briefly appear. There’s nothing you can do here, so just wait a few moments while it clears the cache. You will then see the Windows Store with a blank screen and a loading sign.

The Windows Store cache has been cleared.

Once the window closes, the cache is cleared, and Windows Store will launch. You can close the Windows Store app if you like.

Clear Location Cache

To clear the location cache, click the «Windows» icon in the bottom-left corner of your desktop to open the start menu, From there, select the «Gear» icon to open Windows settings. Alternatively, press Windows+I to open the Settings app.

Click the Start button, then click the gear icon to open the Settings app.

The «Settings» window will appear. Scroll down and select the «Privacy» option.


You’ll now be in the «Privacy» group of the settings. In the left-hand pane, select «Location,» found in the «App Permissions» section.

Location option

In the next window, scroll down until you find the «Location» group. Here, select «Clear» under the «Location History On This Device» heading.

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