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 +===== Tips to free up drive space on your PC =====
 +If you're bumping up against your PC's physical storage limit, there are some quick tricks you can use to reclaim a couple of gigs.
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 +  - **Empty the Recycle Bin**\\ To empty the Recycle Bin, go to your desktop, right-click on the Recycle Bin and click Empty Recycle Bin. You will see a warning pop-up asking if you are sure you want to permanently delete your Recycle Bin items. Click Yes to proceed.
 +  - **Use Disk Cleanup**\\ Cleaning out your PC on a regular basis frees up drive space and helps it run better. One of the easiest ways to clean up files you no longer need is by using Disk Cleanup.
 +    - Open Disk Cleanup by clicking the Start button. In the search box, type ''​Disk Cleanup'',​ and then, in the list of results, select Disk Cleanup.
 +    - If prompted, select the drive that you want to clean up, and then select OK.
 +    - In the Disk Cleanup dialog box in the Description section, select Clean up system files.
 +    - If prompted, select the drive that you want to clean up, and then select OK.
 +    - In the Disk Cleanup dialog box, on the Disk Cleanup tab, select the check boxes for the file types that you want to delete, and then select OK. To remove data from a previous installation of Windows, select the Previous Windows installation(s) check box.
 +    - In the message that appears, select Delete files.
 +    - Go back to Computer in File Explorer, select the drive you cleaned up, and then select Refresh. If you need to free more space (the drive is still marked red), go to the next tip.
 +  - **Uninstall desktop apps you no longer need**\\ Uninstall desktop apps you don't need any more in Programs and Features.
 +    - Open Programs and Features by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Programs, and then clicking Programs and Features.
 +    - Select a program, and then click Uninstall. Some programs include the option to change or repair the program in addition to uninstalling it, but many simply offer the option to uninstall. To change a program, click Change or Repair. If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation,​ type the password or provide confirmation.
  
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