Low storage space is one of the biggest annoyances in the modern era. And the irony is, you don’t always realize you’re facing the issue until it becomes critical. There you are, trying to save a file on your computer and you can’t. It’s enough to send people into a panic, especially if they’re working on something important.
Moreover, if the file you want to store on your computer is larger than the space available, you will need to manually hunt down files you don’t need anymore and delete them from your computer.
But to make situations like these easier, Microsoft has made an interesting addition to its Windows 11 and 10 PCs. The ‘PC Manager’ enables you to always get the best performance of your PC by measuring the metrics and suggesting actions accordingly. Since storage space plays a vital part in computer performance, you can also manage it.
The PC Manager offers a complete Space Management System that will ensure you are never running low on disk space due to unused files just sitting on your hard drive. So you no longer need to depend on any third-party apps to take care of your PC.
So, whenever you are running low on space, you can let PC Manager sort the unused large files on your computer and delete them without having to go on a scavenging spree.
Note: At the time of writing this article, the PC Manager is in the ‘Public Beta’ stage. It is supported by Windows 11 and Windows 10 build 1809 and above.
Installing PC Manager on your Windows Device
Before you can use PC manager, you will need to download and install it. The process is the same on both Windows 11 and Windows 10 PCs. If you already have the PC Manager installed, you can skip to the next section.
Head to pcmanager.microsoft.com using your preferred browser. Then, click on the ‘Download’ button. And then choose the directory where you wish to save the installer file.
After that, head to the directory where you downloaded the installer and double-click on the .EXE file to launch the installation.
Now, a UAC window will appear on your screen. If you are not logged in with an admin account, enter the credentials for one. Otherwise, click on the ‘Yes’ button.
After that, click on the checkbox preceding the ‘I accept End User License Agreement’ (EULA) and then click on the ‘Install’ button.
Then, let the PC Manager install on your PC, it may take a few minutes.
Once the installation is complete, click on the ‘Launch Now’ button to proceed.
Using PC Manager to Find and Delete Large Files
Whether you just installed the PC Manager or already had it, after opening it, make sure you’re on the ‘Cleanup’ tab.
Then, click on the ‘Storage management’ tile on the PC Manager window.
Now, click on the ‘Manage large files’ option to continue.
Note: At the time of writing this article, PC Manager is only able to scan files in the Windows Installer drive.
After that, select the size category by clicking on the radio button preceding the ‘>1 GB’ option. Then, choose the file type by clicking on the checkbox preceding the desired type of files that you wish to view. Finally, click on the ‘View in File Explorer’ button.
Now, on the File Explorer window, you will be able to view all the files on your computer according to the options chosen by you. Select the ones you want to delete and delete them.
That’s about it, folks. Deleting large unused files is now much simpler on Windows devices. Use the PC Manager to detect and view all the files on your computer and manage them as per your needs.
Also, check out our complete guide for using the new PC Manager app.