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    Open and Use Disk Cleanup in Windows 10

    How to Open and Use Disk Cleanup in Windows 10
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    How to Open and Use Disk Cleanup in Windows 10

    information   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 and extended Disk Cleanup to help free up space by removing unneeded files in Windows 10.

    Note   Note
    Windows 10 has added a new System compression option in Disk Cleanup that will compress Windows binaries and program files to save space on your Windows hard drive. This could be useful if you are limited on free space on your hard drive.

    There's not much information available for this new System compression option, but it will most likely use NTFS compression. While compressing will save space on your Windows hard drive by how much is displayed for it Disk Cleanup, it may also decrease performance since it will take longer to read the compressed files as needed.

    See also: How Compress or Uncompress Windows 10 with Compact OS

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    If you select (check) to delete the Previous Windows installation(s) item, you will no longer be able to go back to the previous version of Windows.


    CONTENTS:







    Open and Use Disk Cleanup in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Open and Use Disk Cleanup in Windows 10
    To Open and Use Disk Cleanup

    1. Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog, type cleanmgr or cleanmgr /lowdisk (all items checked), and click/tap on OK to open Disk Cleanup.

    2. If you have more than one drive or partition on your PC, then select the Windows C: drive or the drive letter you wanted to clean, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

    NOTE: It may take a few minutes before this opens.

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    3. Do step 4, step 5, step 6, or step 7 below for what you wanted to do.


     4. To Clean Up Files for Only Your Account

    NOTE: All users can use this option.

    A) Check and uncheck the items you want, click/tap on OK, and go to step 8. (see screenshots below)
    NOTE: It may take a few minutes before this opens.

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     5. To Clean Up System Files


    NOTE: You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to use this option.

    A) Click/tap on the Clean up system files button. (see screenshots below step 4)

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

    C) Repeat step 2, and return.

    D) Check and uncheck the items you want, click/tap on OK, and go to step 8. (see screenshots below)

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     6. To Uninstall Desktop Programs

    NOTE: You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to use this option.

    A) Click/tap on the Clean up system files button to elevate (Run as administrator) Disk Cleanup. (see screenshots below step 4)

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

    C) Repeat step 2, and return.

    D) Click/tap on the More Options tab, and click/tap on the Clean up button under Programs and Features. (see screenshot below)

    NOTE: You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to use this option.

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    E) You can now close Disk Cleanup if you like.

    F) You can now select to uninstall any desktop program that you no longer want. (see screenshot below)

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     7. To Delete all but the most recent Restore Point

    NOTE: You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to use this option.

    A) Click/tap on the Clean up system files button to elevate (Run as administrator) Disk Cleanup. (see screenshots below step 4)

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

    C) Repeat step 2, and return.

    D) Click/tap on the More Options tab, and click/tap on the Clean up button under System Restore and Shadow Copies. (see screenshot below)

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    E) Click/tap on Delete to confirm. (see screenshot below)

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    8. Click/tap on Delete Files to confirm. (see screenshot below)

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    9. Disk Cleanup will now delete the selected items, and close when finished. (see screenshot below)

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    Open and Use Disk Cleanup in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Open and Use Disk Cleanup in Windows 10
    To Open and Use Extended Disk Cleanup

    Note   Note
    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do this option.


    1. Open an elevated command prompt.

    2. Copy and paste the command below into the elevated command prompt, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)
    warning   Warning
    The command prompt must be left open until Disk Cleanup has completely finished.


    cmd.exe /c Cleanmgr /sageset:65535 & Cleanmgr /sagerun:65535

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    3. Check or uncheck the items you want, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshots below)

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    4. Disk Cleanup will now delete the selected items, and close when finished. (see screenshot below)

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    5. When Disk Cleanup has finished, you can close the command prompt if you like.



    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Posts : 1,544
    Win-7Prox64 Win-8.1Prox64 Win-10Prox64
       28 Dec 2014 #1

    Good one Shawn,
    Found over 7 gigs of compression files
    Cheers.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  2.    04 Feb 2015 #2

    On a clean install of Win 10, I did a disk cleanup and found 3.28GB of System compression, should I check these for deletion ?
      My ComputersSystem Spec


  3. Posts : 9,014
    Windows 10 Professional
       04 Feb 2015 #3

    COMPUTIAC said: View Post
    On a clean install of Win 10, I did a disk cleanup and found 3.28GB of System compression, should I check these for deletion ?
    Apparently it doesn't delete anything but rather compresses files.
    There’s no way of knowing exactly what it’s proposing to compress. The description says simply "Compress windows binaries and program files".
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  4.    04 Feb 2015 #4

    I thought if I put a checkmark in the box next to it, it would remove the files.
    My thought was these were already compressed files. I need to know if it is safe to remove them.
      My ComputersSystem Spec


  5. Posts : 9,014
    Windows 10 Professional
       04 Feb 2015 #5

    COMPUTIAC said: View Post
    I thought if I put a checkmark in the box next to it, it would remove the files.
    My thought was these were already compressed files. I need to know if it is safe to remove them.
    Sort of. Apparently it removes an uncompressed set of the same files.
    Last edited by Brink; 04 Feb 2015 at 09:24. Reason: link
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  6.    04 Feb 2015 #6

    Thanks for the link. Looks promising but I will have to wait for the morning to make sense of it.
    Getting too late here and I'm brain dead from doing work on this lappy for the past few hours.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  7.    17 Feb 2015 #7

    Has anyone been brave enough to remove System compression files from Disk Cleanup ?
    I noticed it is included in the amount of space you gain after running cleanup now, unless it was there before.
    Are these safe to remove yet ?
    Why was the link Edwin had removed ?

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      My ComputersSystem Spec


  8. Posts : 9,014
    Windows 10 Professional
       17 Feb 2015 #8

    COMPUTIAC said: View Post
    Has anyone been brave enough to remove System compression files from Disk Cleanup ?
    I noticed it is included in the amount of space you gain after running cleanup now, unless it was there before.
    Are these safe to remove yet ?
    Why was the link Edwin had removed ?
    I ran the cleanup several times, I didn't see any repercussions.
    The link I posted previously probably had mis-information in it; my bad. Sorry.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  9.    17 Feb 2015 #9

    Alright then, you checked the box for System compression ? Did they show up again ?
    It wasn't your fault about the link. Not a big deal.
      My ComputersSystem Spec


 
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