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Summary: This article discusses methods for securely deleting files on Windows 10 to prevent data recovery. It covers using the built-in tool Cipher and introduces Kernel File Shredder, an advanced third-party solution. The article emphasizes the importance of secure data deletion to protect sensitive information when selling or disposing of a PC.

Deleting files permanently from Windows PC is a myth unless you use a third-party tool to delete the data permanently.

We certainly want to safeguard our private data from falling into the wrong hands and potential misuse. This is why we take extra precautions to ensure its permanent deletion, particularly when using Windows systems. Even after employing the ‘Shift + Delete’ command, it’s important to note that data may still linger in the depths of a Windows system, capable of being recovered with the assistance of specialized data recovery tools. Therefore, the question arises: How can you confidently and securely delete files on Windows 10?

In this article, we will discuss how you can remove data permanently from your Windows 10.

Removing Data Permanently from Windows 10

In this article, we will explore two distinct approaches for securely deleting files on Windows 10. The initial method entails utilizing Cipher, a built-in tool provided by Microsoft, to effectively remove data. The second approach involves employing an automated tool specifically crafted for the purpose of file deletion.

  • Use Cipher for Data Deletion
    If you’re unwilling to invest in any third-party tool to delete files on Windows 10, then using Cipher securely is the best option for you. Cipher is not like other software applications; it can be used with Windows Command Prompt only.
    Note: Before using the Cipher method, make sure you remove the files from your system’s Recycle Bin and other areas.

    1. After deleting the files from your system, launch the Windows command prompt from the Start menu.
    2. In the command prompt, type the following command
      Cipher/w:C: and then press Enter.
    3. Executing this command will permanently erase any previously deallocated data on your C drive, effectively removing it for good.

    The method outlined above explains how to delete files from the entire C drive, which may take some time. If you wish to remove files from a specific location, you can do so by specifying the precise address within the Windows CMD, as follows:

  • Kernel File Shredder
    Kernel File Shredder is an advanced utility specially designed to help users securely delete files on Windows 10 system. It incorporates sophisticated file shredding algorithms for effective file deletion, coupled with a user-friendly interface that ensures ease of use, even for those without technical expertise.

The advantages of Kernel File Shredder are:
  • Ensures complete removal of data without any trace
  • Performs shredding as per the user requirement
  • Multiple shredding algorithms are available on a single console
  • Easy to install and use
  • Even non-technical users can perform shredding
  • Works on Windows 10 and all other versions

To use this tool, you can follow the below steps:

  1. Download and launch the tool on your system, and the home screen of the tool will appear on the screen.
  2. Select the ‘File and Folder’ option from the Shred menu in the left pane. Select the File and Folder option
  3. The Shred File and Folder screen will appear on screen; click the Add Files/Folders button to add the location from where you want to shred files.
  4. Select a Shredding method from the drop-down menu, and then click Shred. Select a Shredding method
  5. The tool will start shredding the files, and once it is complete, it will display the information on the screen. Click OK to end the process.shredding process end

That’s how you can wipe a hard drive without deleting Windows with the help of Kernel File Shredder. This software can also be used to shred System files, recycle bin files, etc.


Ensuring the secure deletion of files in Windows 10 is essential for all users. At some point, we may find ourselves needing to sell our old PCs or laptops to acquire new ones, and the last thing we want is to inadvertently hand over sensitive data to someone else. Therefore, this article has been crafted to provide guidance on effectively and permanently erasing data from your Windows 10 PC. You can achieve this either through the built-in utility or by utilizing an automated solution.