How to Clear App Data and General Cache in Windows 7

Cache data which gets stored in the devices often contain a lot of private and confidential data. Moreover, it also takes up a lot of RAM and adversely affects the system’s performance. Hence, people who have a Windows 7 system should clear their cache from time to time.

Clear General Cache

Follow the stepwise process given here to clear general cache data from your Windows 7 PC:

  1. Press the Windows key from your keyboard.
  2. Or else, click on the Start button located at the left-most edge of the Taskbar.
  3. In the Start menu, enter the following text in the search bar: disk cleanup.
  4. Hit the Enter key.
  5. In the search results, click on Disk Cleanup located below Programs.
  6. Now, a pop-up box will appear asking you to select the drive you want to clean.
  7. In the Disk Cleanup application, select all the options listed.
  8. Click on View More, and select all the remaining options as well.
  9. Scroll to the end of the screen and hit the OK button.
  10. After that, when you receive the prompt, select the option for deleting files.
  11. Now, all the general cache will get deleted.

Clearing Application Data Files

Follow the stepwise process given here to clear app data from your Windows 7 PC:

  1. Hit the Win key located on the keyboard. Alternatively, click on the Start button located at the left end of the taskbar.
  2. Now, in the right pane of the Start menu, select Computer.
  3. Wait for Computer to open.
  4. If you cannot find it in your Start menu, then enter Computer in the search bar and hit enter.
  5. In the top left-hand side of the Computer window, go to the Organize tab.
  • From the pull-down list, select Folder and search options.
  • Now, move to the View tab.
  • Navigate to Files and folders.
  • Scroll to Hidden files and folders.
  • Tick the square next to Show hidden files, folders, and drives.
  • Hit the OK button located at the end of the screen.
  1. Now, go to Hard Disk Drives.
  2. Double-click on the Local Disk button.
  3. Now, from the upper portion of the screen locate the Users folder and open it.
  4. Find the folder with your name or Microsoft account email and open it.
  5. Locate and open the AppData folder.
  6. Now, navigate to Local and double-click on it.
  7. Choose the Temp folder by clicking on it.
  8. Go to the Organize tab.
  9. Select Properties from the list of options.
  10. Untick the square next to Read-only.
  11. Hit the Apply button.
  12. Click on the Ok button twice.
  13. Now, just click twice on the Temp folder to access it.
  14. Select all the folder data.
  15. Hit the Delete key present on the keyboard.
  16. Head over to the Recycle bin and delete everything from there.

Devin Smith is a Microsoft Office expert and has been working in the technical industry since 2002. As a technical expert, Devin has written technical blogs, manuals, white papers, and reviews for many websites such as office.com/setup.

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