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December 22, 2017  11:48 AM

Win10 Settings System Storage Sense File Clean-up

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Disk cleanup, Windows 10

I'm something of a compulsive on the subject of conserving and cleaning Windows disk space. That's why I've blogged many times here on various techniques for space recovery in Windows 10 (and earlier OSes). I was both surprised and pleased to realize that MS had slipped a new cleanup into Win10....

July 18, 2017  2:11 PM

Periodic Win10 Disk Cleanup Checklist

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Disk cleanup, Windows 10

Over the years, I've developed a drill to keep the trash on my Windows disks under control. For Windows 10, that involves an interesting mix of tools and utilities to get rid of unwanted and unneeded files. Forgive me in advance for dragging in lots of stuff. That said, a genuine periodic Win10...


July 17, 2017  12:16 PM

Fsutil Cleans Up Excess Old Transactions

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Command line, Disk cleanup, Windows 10

In reading over TenForums this weekend, I came across a new potential source of disk space consumption in Windows. It turns out that NTFS can sometimes allocate lots of space for transactions. It uses a built-in facility called the Kernel Transaction Manager (KTM), along with the Common Log File...


July 13, 2017  1:23 PM

Win10 Volume Shadow Copies May Need Cleanup

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Disk cleanup, Shadow Copy, VSS Backup, Windows 10

Mostly, the Windows Volume Shadow Copy Service works behind the scenes. This service coordinates among backup tools, applications in need of backup, and OS-provided storage management and hardware. Usually abbreviated VSS, this service enables creation and capture of shadow copies. Helpfully,


July 11, 2017  11:32 AM

Disk Cleanup Beats CCleaner Post-Win10-Upgrade

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Disk cleanup, Windows 10, Windows Upgrades

In days gone by, I've recommended using Piriforum CCleaner for post-upgrade cleanups on Windows 10. But no longer does the third-party tool beat the built-in Disk Cleanup utility. In fact, the latter is now as fast (or faster) than the former, and it gets rid of more stuff, too. That's why I must...


July 5, 2017  10:51 AM

DriveCleanup Clears Stale Win10 Storage Metadata

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Device Manager, Disk cleanup, Storage management, Windows 10

Disk cleanup is one Windows admin topic to which I return from time in this blog. Usually, that means jumping onto storage volumes and rooting out unwanted, unneeded, or unnecessary files and folders. Today, thanks to German programming whiz Uwe Sieber, I'm going to come at this from a different...


May 24, 2017  6:11 PM

Bid $SysReset Goodbye in Win10

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Disk cleanup, Hidden files, Windows 10

In poking around on some of my Windows 10 systems, I occasionally encounter the $SysReset folder on the OS drive. The dollar sign at the start identifies it as a hidden system folder. Thus, astute readers already know I routinely check the radio button in File Explorer Options that reads "Show...


October 12, 2016  10:15 AM

Cleanup 3.99 TB from 500GB Drive!

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Disk cleanup, Windows 10, Windows Update Management

Yesterday was Patch Tuesday, and included another Cumulative Update: KB3194798. This one included a bit of a surprise. Cleanmgr.exe offered to cleanup 3.99 TB from my 500 GB C: drive. It's best appreciated from this screen cap:


June 3, 2016  11:26 AM

Admin toolbox item: Uncleaner

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Disk cleanup, Windows 10, Windows utility

In my never-ending quest for good Windows admin tools, I occasionally post mini-reviews and pointers here in this blog. My latest find is a narrowly focused cleanup tool called UnCleaner. It comes from utility maker


April 20, 2016  10:14 AM

See All Disk Cleanup Options in Win10

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Disk cleanup, Windows 10

Lots of utilities in Windows are context-sensitive. In other word, this means they look at the state of your system, then structure themselves to present options based on what they find. The Disk Cleanup utility aka Cleanmgr.exe is a case in point. If it doesn't find certain files in need of...


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