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Disk cleanup


November 6, 2019  11:00 AM

Build 19018 Kills Disk Cleanup Downloads Item

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Disk cleanup, disk management, Microsoft downloads

Here's an interesting tidbit of Windows 10 administrivia. Starting with Build 19018 -- the latest Fast Insider Preview released November 5 -- the Disk Cleanup utility no longer includes Downloads among its selectable items. That's right: Build 19018 kills Disk Cleanup Downloads item. Here's visual...

September 6, 2019  3:28 PM

When Disk Cleanup Fails Use Search

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

I've been slowly but surely working my way through all of my test machines recently, putting things to order. In do doing, I keep running across a list of files and folders on the C: drive that Disk Cleanup (or its new fave counterpart "


April 19, 2019  10:44 AM

Comet Offers Interesting Disk Cleanup Alternative

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

Last September, I reported here that MS had announced plans to "deprecate" the venerable Disk Cleanup utility. That post was aptly named "Bye Bye Disk Cleanup?"...


December 10, 2018  12:04 PM

Out Darned Win10 Dollar Files!

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

Checking over my production PC this weekend, I noticed a half-dozen folders at the root of my system drive (C:). By definition such files are system related and ordinarily hidden from view. Looking them over, I quickly realized I neither wanted or needed most of them. Hence my exhortation: Out...


September 14, 2018  10:54 AM

Bye-Bye Disk Cleanup?

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Disk cleanup, Storage resource management, Windows 10

A small remark at the end of the Storage at Microsoft blog published on August 30, 2018 got past me. After explaining a raft of new features in Storage Sense – the Settings-based storage management toolset in Windows 10 – it concludes with a brief statement that cleanmgr.exe, aka Disk...


December 22, 2017  11:48 AM

Win10 Settings System Storage Sense File Clean-up

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
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

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
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

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
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

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
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

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
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...


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