When it comes to cleaning or speeding up a Windows 10 PC, there are many tools available for Windows 10. Most of them would prefer CCleaner, and the reasons are quite obvious! It works like a charm but not anymore as per many users. Several complaints have emerged in the past as the tool runs in the background and leaking your data to the servers of the company. Now, that’s a clear case of data breach! Isn’t it? It’s also important to note that, CCleaner was hacked in the past and malware was injected which resulted in data leak & lots more!
So, isn’t this the best time to find an alternative of CCleaner for Windows 10? Well, there’s no need to install any other software to replace CCleaner. Almost every option is available within the Windows 10 itself. Surprised? Well, that’s what I will explain to you today, how to use inbuilt tools of Windows 10 and replace CCleaner completely!
CCleaner Alternative – Windows 10 Inbuilt Tools!
Inbuilt tools don’t mean that you need to install any other tool in your Windows 10 OS, instead, you’re going to use the existing options (tools) which are already available in Windows 10. Let’s get started!
1. Prioritize Startup Apps
Not all apps installed in your system are used regularly. Isn’t it? So why not stop them right away when your system starts? That would definitely result in a faster response rate to start a Windows 10 system. There are 2 ways to analyze the startup apps which have a high impact while starting the system.
Open Startup Apps from System Settings
To open the startup apps, head over to Settings, open Apps section and then open the Startup Apps. This will show you which apps have a high impact.
Now when you observe the screenshot, you can clearly see that I have turned off Amazon Music Helper as it had a high impact in the past. Other than that there’s another app Lightkey which needs to be turned off as well because it’s showing a high impact. Other than the high impact ones, you can also find several apps which you aren’t using at all. Turn off those apps too so that your system runs faster without using tools like CCleaner.
Open Startup Apps using Task Manager
There’s hardly any difference in both the methods. It’s just that the ways are different to open Startup Apps section in Windows 10. To open startup apps using task manager, here’s what you need to do. Open task manager from Windows search box and then click on Startup option to find which apps is impacting severely on your system startup.
In both the cases, the results are similar. Just right-click on a startup app which is showing high startup impact and disable it. This way, you can surely decrease the startup impact on most of the apps installed in your Windows 10. So this is one tool which you can use as CCleaner alternative to reduce the startup impact.
2. Using Disk Cleanup Tool to Free Up Space
How often you delete Temp files or recent files by using Run command option in Windows 10? If you do that regularly, that’s well and good, if not, you can use disk cleanup tool in Windows 10 for better results. Over the times, this tool in Windows 10 is improving and there isn’t a need of any other tool to free up space in your system. On using this, it will remove the unnecessary files such as log files, old Windows updates, temp files, previous installs, thumbnails and lots more!
To use Disk Cleanup Tool in Windows 10 head over to Settings > System and then click on Storage to get the Free up space now option.
Once you click on Free up space now option, the system will automatically detect the files which aren’t useful.
As you can clearly see that ( 3.70 GB memory )of files are waiting to be removed to free up space in Windows 10, all you need to do is click on Remove files option and leave the rest to Disk Cleanup tool! This the best way to remove the unnecessary files in Windows 10 rather than using the malicious CCleaner.
3. Detect Files Wasting Space using WinDirStat
Now that you know how to free up space by removing unnecessary files using disk cleanup tool, it’s time to find out which files are using most of the space for no reasons. And for that, you need to use a disk space analyzer called WinDirStat! Before you start hunting those files or programs make sure that you don’t delete anything important. Take a note of this as your data is important!
To start with, you need to download WinDirStat from here. Once downloaded, install the program in your Windows 10 and launch it. The best thing about this tool is it shows you a graphical representation of the space used by files on the system. This will give you a clear idea about what to remove and what not to.
So this is how it looks once WinDirStat tool scans your computer. It shows you folder wise and space wise too. By this, you can easily detect which file is consuming more space on your computer in a graphical way! Of course, this very option is available in CCleaner but the UI of WinDirStat makes it comfortable to analyze the files taking up more space.
These are some of the finest methods to use to free up space and manage startup programs to boost Windows 10 speed. So I hope there’s no need for CCleaner anymore? So far, this is the best CCleaner alternative which I would personally recommend. Of course, it’s not a specific tool but it’s good to use in-built tools of Windows 10 itself rather than using other software. Isn’t it? So what keeps you waiting? Get into action now and let me know if you have any queries on boosting Windows 10 speed without using CCleaner.
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