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    Disk Cleanup - Open and Use

    Disk Cleanup - Open and Use

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


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

       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.
    Disk Cleanup - Open and Use-step1.jpg
    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.
    Disk Cleanup - Open and Use-step2.jpg
    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)
    Disk Cleanup - Open and Use-systema.jpg
    B) Click/tap on the Delete Files button. (see screenshot below)
    Disk Cleanup - Open and Use-step5.jpg
    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.
    Disk Cleanup - Open and Use-system.jpg
    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)
    Disk Cleanup - Open and Use-step4.jpg
    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)
    Disk Cleanup - Open and Use-restore_points.jpg
    F) Click/tap on OK. (See screenshot below step 6C)

    G) Click/tap on the Delete Files button. (see screenshot below)
    Disk Cleanup - Open and Use-step5.jpg
    H) The files will be deleted and Disk Cleanup will close.
    That's it,
    Shawn









  1. Posts : 18
    Windows 7 Ultimate X64 NL
       #1

    wow 1,5 GB was cleaned up
    Ty very much
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  2. Posts : 3
    Windows 7 Home Premium
       #2

    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
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  3. Posts : 70,211
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #3

    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
    Last edited by Brink; 13 Nov 2009 at 14:44. Reason: edited
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  4. Posts : 7
    windows 7 ultimate
       #4

    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?
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  5. Posts : 70,211
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #5

    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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  6. Posts : 7
    windows 7 ultimate
       #6

    Thanks for your help Brink!
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  7. Posts : 70,211
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #7

    You're welcome PCfan. :)
      My Computer


  8. Posts : 88
    Windows 7 - Ultimate
       #8

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

    deleted the windows.old without any problem :)
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  9. Posts : 70,211
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #9

    You're welcome Iceman. :)
      My Computer


 
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