When I want to tweak different aspects of the operating system, I generally prefer to use the built-in tools provided by Windows. All modern versions of Windows and especially Windows 10, provide some great tools you can use. One such tool is the underrated Disk Cleanup , which allows you to free up space on your partitions and safely remove even system files that you no longer need. Let’s see how it works and why it is one of the best tools for cleaning up space in all versions of Windows:
How Disk Cleanup works in Windows
Disk Cleanup or cleanmgr.exe is one of the best Windows programs for removing unnecessary files and freeing up space. It is one of the best tools for the job because it is not as invasive as many third-party tools that promise the same thing. Those tools may remove files that are required by certain apps in order to run well and they also tend to dig deep into the Windows Registry and remove entries that may be useful to the operating system. Instead, Disk Cleanup only removes files that it is 100% sure that are not required by Windows or any of your installed apps, in order to run correctly. When analyzing your disk space, Disk Cleanup looks for temporary files that can be removed, for the files that you have already moved to the Recycle Bin (signaling that you don’t need them anymore), a variety of system files that Windows can run without, offline webpages, setup log files and so on. If you want to reduce the number of unnecessary files on your HDD or SSD, to free up disk space and help your Windows computer or device run faster, we highly recommend that you use it.
One thing that you should remember about this tool is that it works best when used on the partition where Windows is installed. If you use it on other partitions, it only removes the files and folders that are found in the Recycle Bin. Therefore, using it on partitions other than the “C:” drive is not that efficient.
The Disk Cleanup tool is located on the disk, in the following folder: “C:\Windows\System32\”. Before using it, let’s see how to start this tool in Windows 10, Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.
How to start Disk Cleanup in Windows 10
If you are using Windows 10 and you want to launch Disk Cleanup , you can go about it in several ways. One method is to use the search box on the taskbar and search for the word “disk”. Click or tap the Disk Cleanup search result.
Another method is to open the Control Panel.
Then, go to “System and Security -> Administrative Tools -> Disk Cleanup”.
How to start Disk Cleanup in Windows 7?
When using Windows 7, start Disk Cleanup by clicking the Start button and going to “All Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools -> Disk Cleanup”.
Another way is to use search and type the word “disk”. In the list of search results, click the Disk Cleanup search result.
Obviously, you can also open the Control Panel and go to “System and Security -> Administrative Tools -> Disk Cleanup”.
How to start Disk Cleanup in Windows 8.1
If you are using Windows 8.1, search for the word “cleanup” directly on the Start screen. Then, click or tap the search result that say: “Clear disk space by deleting unnecessary files”.
Alternatively, open the Control Panel and go to “System and Security -> Administrative Tools -> Disk Cleanup”.
Now that you know how to start Disk Cleanup in all modern versions of Windows, go to the second page of this guide and learn how to use it so that you free up wasted space on your computer or device.