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How to Free Up Hard Drive Space when Cleaning Windows XP

Part of the Cleaning Windows XP For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Cleaning a computer running Windows XP is often a matter of getting rid of files you don’t access any more — heck, you may not even know they exist! To free up some space on your hard drive, use the tips in the following table:

What to Do How to Do It
Empty the Recycle bin Right-click the Recycle bin and choose Empty Recycle Bin.
Empty your Deleted Items and Junk Email folders In your e-mail client, choose the folder and choose File→Empty Folder. In some clients you can right-click the folder and choose Empty Folder.
Clear the temporary Internet files cache In Internet Explorer, choose Tools→Internet Options→General tab→Delete Files.
Delete files ending in the extension .tmp Use the Windows Search function (Start→Search) to locate and delete the files.
Delete or archive files ending in the extension .bak or .old Use the Windows Search function (Start→Search) to locate the files.
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