On October 17th, Microsoft released its drastic update to Windows® 8 – the new version 8.1 release comes with many sought-after updates, such as the return of the Start button, a refreshed Windows Store interface, deeper integration of SkyDriveTM, and an updated modern interface.

Whether you’ve got Windows 8 or 8.1, AVG’s latest update to AVG PC TuneUp2014 includes a brand new cleaning mechanism for both the Windows Store and Windows 8 apps.

 

Hidden data junk in Windows 8/8.1 apps
When browsing the new Windows Store or downloading and using apps, data junk gets collected which in many cases just stays on your machine. This temporary data includes log files, images, cookies, history lists, and metadata files which are kept inside a hidden folder in Windows 8 and 8.1. As with any browser, the Windows Store app and your Windows 8 apps need to be cleaned up on a regular basis for two important reasons:

  • You’ll save disk space: Depending on how much they use the Windows Store and its apps, users can often get rid of hundreds of Megabytes worth of data
  • You solve problems: Cleaning out the Store and apps can help solve issues when launching or using the Windows Store and its apps.

 

Here’s how to get it

All users of AVG PC TuneUp (http://www.avg.com/en-us/avg-pctuneup ) will get the update automatically for free. If it doesn’t show up at first, here’s what you need to do:

  1.  Go to “Help & Support” and hit the “Check for updates” menu item.
  2. After a moment, the new update should appear and upgrade your Disk Cleaner. To check for data trash in the Windows Store and apps, go to the “Clean up” category and open up “Clean up Windows and programs”.
  3. Next, check the “Caches” category and hit the clean button.Caches

 

4. To see what’s inside, double-click on “Caches” and see what files were found under “Windows Store apps”:

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As you can see in one example, on this Windows 8.1 machine, clean installed in early September, I found over 28,000 (!) temporary files. Those were (for example):

-      MP3 files and videos: For example, files that were temporarily stored by YouTube® apps or other streaming clients

-      Downloads: File that were downloaded via the Internet Explorer® or Google Chrome™ app, for example

-      Flash clips: Flash animations or clips (.flv) that were embedded in some apps and, thus, downloaded on the PC

-      Cookies & Temporary Files: Many apps use cookies to store information to recognize you, in the same way as a browser does. In addition, apps like Xbox® Music Marketplace use a standard browser (e.g. Internet Explorer) to display content. This results in temporary browsing files being store on your hard disk whenever you use these apps.

 

Take the challenge – download and try it out today, and let us know how much were you able to clean up? We look forward to hearing your experiences!