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Windows 7: Disk Cleanup - Open and Use



Disk Cleanup - Open and Use

How to Open and Use Disk Cleanup in Windows 7 and Windows 8
Published by Brink
07 Dec 2008
Default Disk Cleanup - Open and Use

How to Open and Use Disk Cleanup in Windows 7 and Windows 8


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You can use Disk Cleanup to reduce the number of unnecessary files on your drives, which can help your PC run faster. It can delete temporary files and system files, empty the Recycle Bin, and remove a variety of other items that you might no longer need.

This tutorial will show you how to open and use Disk Cleanup in Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Note   Note
The Disk Cleanup exe file is located at C:\Windows\System32\cleanmgr.exe.

warning   Warning
Checking the Hibernation File Cleaner option to be deleted will also disable hibernate.





Here's How:
1. Press the Windows+R keys to open the Run dialog, type cleanmgr, and press Enter.

2. Select the drive that you want to use Disk Cleanup on, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: You will not see this window unless you have more than one drive or partition on your computer.
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3. You will now see this screenshot below for a moment. Afterwards, do step 4, 5, 6, or 7 below for what you would like to delete using Disk Cleanup.
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4. To Delete Unnecessary Non-System Files
A) Check the type of files box that you want to delete, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)
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B) Click/tap on the Delete Files button. (see screenshot below)
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C) The files will be deleted and Disk Cleanup will close.
5. To Delete Unnecessary System Files
A) Click/tap on the Clean up system files button. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: If you just did a upgrade install or repair install recently, then you will also see the Files discarded by Windows upgrade option. This would be for the C:\$INPLACE.~TR and C:\$WINDOWS.~Q folders. If you just did a custom install recently, then you will also see the Previous Windows installations option. This would be for the C:\Windows.old folder.
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B) If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on Yes.

C) Repeat steps 2 to 4.
6. To Open Programs and Features
NOTE: This will open the Programs and Features window where you can uninstall programs. Normally you could also do this by opening Programs and Features in the Control Panel.
A) Click/tap on the Clean up system files button, and repeat steps 2 and 3. (see screenshot below step 5A)

B) If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on Yes.

C) Click/tap on the More Options tab. (see screenshot below)
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D) Click/tap on the Clean up button under the top Programs and Features section. (see screenshot above)

E) Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below step 6C)

F) In Programs and Features, select any program that you want uninstall.

7. To Delete All but the Most Recent System Restore Point
NOTE: In Windows 7, this will also include deleting shadow copies (Previous Versions) that were created with the deleted restore point.
A) Click/tap on the Clean up system files button, and repeat steps 2 and 3. (see screenshot below step 5A)

B) If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on Yes.

C) Click/tap on the More Options tab. (see screenshot below step 6C)

D) Click/tap on the Clean up button under the bottom System Restore and Shadow Copies section. (see screenshot below step 6C)

E) Click/tap on the Delete button to confirm the deletion. (see screenshot below)
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F) Click/tap on OK. (See screenshot below step 6C)

G) Click/tap on the Delete Files button. (see screenshot below)
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H) The files will be deleted and Disk Cleanup will close.
That's it,
Shawn






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01 Nov 2009   #1
Tieske

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 NL
 
 

wow 1,5 GB was cleaned up
Ty very much


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03 Nov 2009   #2
absolutelyangi

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
My system does not show Clean Up System Files Button

In step number 6, my computer does not show the Clean Up System Files button. I even ran it as Administrator and it still did not show that button.

Any suggestions here?

Angi
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Nov 2009   #3
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Angi, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Using "Run as administrator" would be why the Clean up system files button is not there since Disk Cleanup is running elevated. Run Disk Cleanup normally without "Run as administrator" to have it back since it not running elevated. After you click on the Clean up system files button, it will be gone afterwards as well. Clicking on the Clean up system files button is the same as using "Run as administrator" on Disk Cleanup.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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13 Nov 2009   #4
pcfan

windows 7 ultimate
 
 
setup logfiles?

@ Brink: hey man i been your fan since the early days of vista, I just have a quick concern about the setup logfiles on disk cleanup are they safe to delete or is recommended to leave em un check?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Nov 2009   #5
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Pcfan, thank you and welcome to Seven Forums.

Yes, they are safe to delete since they are just log files of how the installation went.
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13 Nov 2009   #6
pcfan

windows 7 ultimate
 
 

Thanks for your help Brink!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Nov 2009   #7
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome PCfan.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Nov 2009   #8
TheIceman6

Windows 7 - Ultimate
 
 

This is Awsome, The first time I know about this tool.

deleted the windows.old without any problem
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Nov 2009   #9
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome Iceman.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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