How to Clear Cache in Surface Pro 4: 6 Simple Ways

How to Clear Cache in Surface Pro 4: 6 Simple Ways

Surface Pro 4 can be demanding and slow if cache piles up on your computer. But don’t blame the operating system just yet. Clearing cache and getting rid of unnecessary files can greatly improve your experience. Let me show you how to clear cache on Surface Pro 4.

In this article, I’ll explain how to clear cache on Surface Pro 4 with little effort. You’ll learn how to remove desktop app cache, clear file explorer history, and even clear the Internet Explorer cache. Let’s dive in!

Step 1 – Understand the different types of cache on your operating system

Surface Pro 4 is complex, and many things happen in the background. To clear cache, you need to know where to look. Here are the two main areas:

  1. The desktop, with its desktop app cache.
  2. The Modern UI, with its Modern UI app cache, including the Windows Store cache, Internet Explorer cache, Location History, and File Explorer History.

Each of these requires special attention when clearing cache. And there are different ways to do it.

Step 2 – Remove the Desktop Apps cache in Surface Pro 4

Everything you do on your computer leaves traces like thumbnail cache, browser cache, DNS cache, and more. You can clear all of that manually or use software like Ccleaner to do it automatically with a simple mouse click. Ccleaner is free and easy to use. You can download it here.

Alternatively, you can use Disk Cleanup to get rid of recyclable cache, such as temp files and thumbnails.

Here’s how you access Disk Cleanup:

  1. Open the Cortana search box.
  2. Type in cleanmgr.
  3. Click on Disk Cleanup from the search results.
  4. In the Disk Cleanup window, select the drive you want to scan and click OK.
  5. In the next window, check all the boxes and click “Clean up system files”.
  6. Select the drive where your system files are stored and click OK.
  7. Wait for the tool to identify what files to delete and click OK.
  8. If you’re having browsing problems, flush the DNS cache by typing “ipconfig/flushdns” in the start menu search box and hitting Enter.

That’s the desktop apps cache covered, but we’re not done yet. Next up is clearing cache in the Modern UI.

Step 3 – Clear the file explorer history

Every time you open a folder or file in Surface Pro 4, a cache is generated, which can slow down your PC over time. Here’s how to clear it:

  1. Click on the File Explorer icon in the taskbar.
  2. In the File Explorer window, go to the View tab and click on the Options icon at the right corner of the ribbon.
  3. In the Folder Options window, click the Clear button at the bottom.

Step 4 – Clear the Internet Explorer cache

It’s a good idea to clear your Internet browser cache regularly. Here’s how to do it in Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on the Tools button in the upper-right corner.
  2. Select Internet options from the menu.
  3. In the Internet Properties box, go to the General tab.
  4. In the Browsing history section, click the Delete button.
  5. In the pop-up box, check all the checkboxes and click Delete.

Step 5 – Clear the store cache in Surface Pro 4

The newer version of Surface Pro 4 comes with the Windows Store beta, which generates additional cache. Here’s how to clear it with a simple command line:

  1. Press the Windows key and the R key simultaneously to open the Run box.
  2. In the Run box, type wsreset.exe.
  3. Press Enter to run the command.

That’s it for clearing cache, but there’s one final tweak:

Step 6 – Clear the location history

Here are three more steps to clear the location history:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go to Privacy, then Location.
  3. Under Location History, click the Clear button.

Now you know how to clear cache on Surface Pro 4. Your PC should run smoother than ever!

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