Disk Cleanup – A Windows default method to clean up hard drive
Today we’ll talk about a Windows inbuilt tool: Disk cleanup. This tool helps to remove junk files from our computer. Let’s see learn about it.
We have already mentioned Windows 10 complete user experience. By itself, it provides all the necessary tools to make daily tasks. Additionally, they have been improving their stability and performance. In fact, with the arrival of successive updates, problems and inconveniences are solved. However, as the system is used, temporary files are generated which accumulate on the hard disk. These files do not do anything. In fact, what they do is slow down the system.
Let’s make some history, Disk cleanup tool has been present since Windows XP, through Vista, 7 and 8 Win 10. But there are also third-party programs to clean up the junk files in the system. However, Windows 10 has its own tool for cleaning the hard drive. This is called Disk Cleanup and in this article, we are going to go deeper into its use.
Disk cleanup — What it is?
As mentioned above, Windows 10 has its own tool to free up space on hard disks. This one’s called Disk Cleanup. This is a utility included from Windows XP to clean the hard disk of junk files. This utility works by analyzing the hard drive you want to clean and classifying the files to delete into various categories:
- Recycle Bin
- Remove unused apps and optional Windows components
- Setup log files
- Offline web pages (cached)
- Temporary Internet files
- Temporary Windows files
- Downloaded program files
- Windows component store
- Compression of old files
How to use Disk Cleanup
- Once defined what the tool is and how it works, let’s see how to use it in Windows 10. If we want to access this tool, we can type Disk Cleanup in the search bar.
- Then select the hard disk you want to clean:
- After selecting the disk, the wizard will start analyzing the drive for possible files to be deleted. In the same way, the description of the same ones will appear, and the size that occupies. It is a very intuitive window and will allow selecting correctly what we want to eliminate. Just check the corresponding checkbox and proceed to delete the selected files:
- However, if you want to do a deeper cleaning, just click on Clean up system files. Then select the unit to clean and let the wizard do its job:
- The following window will show other types of files that we can remove to free up space on the hard drive:
- This window is very similar to the previous one, however, it has a More Options tab. Click on it and the following menu will be displayed:
- Below are two additional options for freeing up space. The first of them will take us to uninstall the programs that we do not use. In the second option, you are invited to remove the oldest restore points. In the same way, it is possible to remove Windows restoration images:
- In this way we can free up space on the hard disk, so we can use storage for our files. We will now look at alternative methods for launching the Disk Cleanup.
Launch Disk Cleanup through file explorer
It is possible to launch the cleanup disk from the file explorer. With this intention, go to it and select the disk drive you want to clean. It is possible to launch the cleanup disk from the file explorer. With this in mind, go to it and select the drive you want to clean. Right-click the mouse and enter the properties:
Once inside the properties, click on General tab and select the Disk Cleanup option to launch the tool:
Open Disk Cleanup using Command Prompt
The first thing you have to do is to open a CMD by typing CMD in the search bar:
Once the Command Prompt is opened, you only have to type the following command: cleanmgr.exe. Press enter and the Disk Cleanup will be launched:
Open Disk Cleanup using the run box:
In this case, press the Win + R combination and execute the following command: cleanmgr.exe. The Disk Cleanup will be launched immediately:
Finally, we have seen what is and what serves Disk Cleanup in Windows 10. We have also seen various ways to access the application. This is all for the moments, see you soon.