How to clear cache in Windows 10 (step by step)

This tutorial will show you step by step how to clear the cache in Windows 10.

Clear the temporary files cache in Windows 10

1. Click on the start menu button.

2. Click on Settings.

Open settings in Windows 10

Or right-click on the start menu button and then click on Settings.

Open settings in Windows 10

3. Click on System.

4. Click on Storage in the left menu.

Open Storage settings in Windows 10

5. Under Local Disk (C:), you click on Temporary files.

Storage settings in Windows 10

Note: If you don't see the Temporary files option, then click on Show more categories.

Windows will now search for temporary files that can be deleted.

6. Select the files you want to delete.

7. Click on the Remove files button.

Clear the temporary files cache in Windows 10

The built-in cleanup tool will now delete unnecessary files on your PC. This process may take several minutes. And sometimes it seems like nothing is happening. But you must let the program complete the process.

Clear the DNS cache in Windows 10

1. Right-click on the start menu button and then click on Command Prompt (Admin).

Open Command Prompt as administrator in Windows 10

Or type cmd in the Windows search bar, then right-click on Command Prompt and then click on Run as administrator.

Open Command Prompt as administrator in Windows 10

2. When the User Account Control (UAC) window appears, you click on Yes.

Note: Depending on your settings, you might need to enter your administrator password first and then click on Yes.

3. Type the following command:

ipconfig/flushdns
Clear DNS cache in Windows 10

4. Press the [Enter] key on your keyboard.

You will receive the “Successfully flushed the DNS Resolver Cache” message when it's complete.

Clear the Microsoft Store cache in Windows 10

1. Right-click on the start menu button and then click on Run to open a “Run” window.

Open a Run window in Windows 10

You can also press the [Windows] + [R] keys on your keyboard to open a “Run” window.

Windows + R keyboard keys

2. In the text field, you type WSReset.exe.

3. Click on the OK button or press the [Enter] key on your keyboard.

Clear Microsoft Store cache in Windows 10

A black window will appear.

A black Microsoft Store window

Windows will now clear the Microsoft Store cache.

Once the black window closes, the cache is cleared, and the Microsoft Store will launch automatically.

You can close the Microsoft Store if you want.

Clear the location cache in Windows 10

1. Click on the start menu button.

2. Click on Settings.

Open settings in Windows 10

Or right-click on the start menu button and then click on Settings.

Open settings in Windows 10

3. Click on Privacy.

4. Click on Location in the left menu.

Location settings in Windows 10

5. Scroll down to Location history.

6. Under Location history, you click on the Clear button.

Clear location cache in Windows 10

Clear the thumbnail cache in Windows 10

1. Click on the start menu button.

2. Click on Settings.

Open settings in Windows 10

Or right-click on the start menu button and then click on Settings.

Open settings in Windows 10

3. Click on System.

4. Click on Storage in the left menu.

Open Storage settings in Windows 10

5. Under Local Disk (C:), you click on Temporary files.

Storage settings in Windows 10

Note: If you don't see the Temporary files option, then click on Show more categories.

Windows will now search for temporary files that can be deleted.

6. Make sure the Thumbnails option is selected. You can also select other files you want to delete.

7. Click on the Remove files button.

Clear the thumbnail cache in Windows 10

The built-in cleanup tool will now delete thumnails and other unnecessary files on your PC. This process may take several minutes. And sometimes it seems like nothing is happening. But you must let the program complete the process.

Clear the icon cache in Windows 10

1. Open File Explorer (Windows Explorer).

Windows 10 File Explorer

2. Open the (C:) drive.

C drive

3. Open the Users folder.

Users folder

4. Open the folder with your user account name.

User folder

5. Open the AppData folder.

Note: If you don't see the AppData folder, then click on View located at the top, and check the checkbox next to Hidden items.

Show hidden items in Windows 10 File Explorer

6. Open the Local folder.

7. Delete the IconCache.db file.

Delete the IconCache.db file

8. Restart your PC.


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