How to Find (and Remove) Duplicate Files in Windows 10

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Duplicate files are the bane of my existence. Aside from using disk space, these files do nothing but clutter up your drive, make your PC run slower, and increase the difficulty level significantly when it comes to finding the right version of a specific file: is it the one I just updated, or the other one?

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Using a free program that comes pre-installed on a lot of PC’s, CCleaner, you can perform advanced search and destroy missions that free your drive of unwanted clutter. You don’t have to install the Pro version to clean these files, any version will do. We’re using the Free version for this tutorial.

1. Open CCleaner.

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2. Select Tools from the left sidebar.

tools3. Choose Duplicate Finder.

duplicate4. For most users, running the scan with the default selections is fine. You can, however, alter these searches by checking or unchecking the provided boxes, and selecting new sizes in the drop-down menus.

alter5. Choose the drive or folder you want to scan.

drive6. Click the Search button to start the scan.

search7. Select the files you’d like to remove (carefully). Once you complete the next step, there’s no turning back. These files are gone.

select8. Click the Delete Selected button to finish the operation.

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19 comments
  • protu Says:

    Please DON'T USE DuplicateFilesDeleter, it contains an adware / virus!
    They post spam in comments al over the web.

  • lacorb Says:

    Can somebody remove all the fake comments about DuplicateFilesDeleter ?

  • Asger Reinhardt Goth Says:

    Hi, the names of the folders in which duplicate files are stored contains valuable information. Is there a way, in which the folder paths of deleted duplicates can be attached to the remaining file?

  • Armelle Denef Says:

    I would recommend that you try the excellent software Duplicate Media Finder.

    The rating website softpedia gave it a rating of 5/5 stars!

  • Barry Ross Says:

    DuplicateFilesDeleter is the best software for solve duplicate files issue.

  • Alex Greenstein Says:

    DuplicateFilesDeleter is most powerfull software for Finding Duplicate files. you can try it.

  • Adam Valvan Says:

    Please note it is not safe to remove all the duplicates CCleaner finds. The Duplicate Finder can search for files with the same File Name, Size, Modified Date and Content; however it isn't able to determine which files are needed and which can be safely deleted.

  • Ralph Obein Says:

    You must be aware of the fact that duplicate files in your computer can waste your precious space. There are very limited options out there to find and remove duplicate files from your computer and today we are going to share three easy methods by which you can find and easily delete duplicate files from a computer. Go through the post to know about it.

  • Barry Ross Says:

    DuplicateFilesDeleter is best for me. If you can try it and enjoy excellent service.

  • Adam Valvan Says:

    Windows Disk Cleanup
    Click Clean up system files.
    Go to the 'More Options tab' in the Disk Cleanup window.
    Click 'Clean up…' under the 'System Restore and Shadow Copies' heading.

  • Ralph Obein Says:

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    First of all, download and install Easy Duplicate Finder on your Windows operating system and you will see a interface like below. Step 2. Now you need to select the folders where you want to find the duplicate files and then click on the 'Start Scan' button to search for duplicates.

  • Tom Green Says:

    You can easily Find (and Remove) Duplicate Files in Windows 10, by using "DuplicateFileDeleter", this help you to recognize and delete duplicate files.

  • Sofia g. Says:

    Now I use duplicate media finder.

    Personally I consider, however, this program is a cut above the rest.

  • Fred Logster Says:

    I used Duplicate Files Deleter program. It's surprisingly works and the best thing about this program is, it is not popping up for updates or fee or something like spam software that I hate, plus it's user friendly.

  • Eliza Says:

    Great post! CCleaner did a good job adding a duplicate finder. But I found that it's not a really reliable one because it can't compare files by content. If you're looking for a free reliable duplicate finder, try Auslogics. But if you're looking for a really powerful tool to manage duplicate photos, emails, contacts, doc, music, video and all types of files, Easy Duplicate Finder is king.

  • perov71 Says:

    Duplicate Files Deleter is the best softwre for Find (and Remove) Duplicate Files in Windows 10

  • perov71 Says:

    i also use Duplicate Files Deleter its find delete file in window 10 and any window .its work good

  • Bunny Says:

    CCleaner offers very limited functionality for finding duplicate files. That's why I use Ashisoft Free Duplicate File Finder! Anyway thanks for the detail information.

  • Dustin Says:

    CC is good, but i prefer DuplicateFilesDeleter, small program but do the work perfectly

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