Disk Cleanup is a built-in tool in Windows to delete temporary files that are safe to delete.

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Disk cleanup missing “windows update cleanup” windows 7

Im on windows 7 Im trying to get rid of the excessive files inside the winsxs folder (my drive is only 38gb) However, I seem to be stuck in a loop to solve this. There is no option inside disk ...
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Cleaning up previous versions of Microsoft tools

Since I develop .NET applications, one of the first things I do on my computer is install Visual Studio and the rest of Microsoft development tools. Unfortunately they handle updates horribly. When I ...
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How to clean Windows\Installer folder in Windows 10?

My C:\Windows\Installer folder is huge: 14 GB. My understanding is that this is where failed updates go to die, and it should not be this big. What is the correct way to clean it on Windows 10?
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When running `rm -rf`, is it possible to exclude certain subdirectories?

I routinely use bind mounts to aid in making space available in multiple locations without having to have multiple logical volumes / physical partitions / LUNs, etc. For example, I may have a 200G LV ...
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Keep Disk Space Cleanup Manager from running while I'm working?

Every day I'm at my desk working away when my CPU fan takes off like an airplane. When I check my running processes it's almost always the Disk Space Cleanup Manager and today it was using 19% of my ...
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Is it possible to delete `C:\ProgramData\Microsoft` folder without breaking programs?

I have a large hard drive, but over the course of time, I find that I now only have 5 GB of space. While manually looking through my hard drive, I noticed that the folder C:\ProgramData\Microsoft ...
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Cleanup Windows on startup or shutdown

My Environment Multiple VMs all comprising of Various versions of Windows which is power on/off as needed i like to cleanup my %temp% and other places on reboot so as to save space and also speed up ...
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What was the last thing to consume space?

I did a disk cleanup to free about 1GB of space, to realize moments after it was consumed by something once again. How can I find out what took that space?
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Safely remove files from Windows 7 system folders?

My Windows folder is 20 GB big. How do I safely detect and remove unnecessary files? Specifically, I'm looking at: /Windows/Installer, which is 7 GB /Windows/WinSxS, which is 4 GB ...
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How to remove temporary installation files safely while the Disk Cleanup tool does not work?

The problem and its question in steps: I am trying to remove the (Temporary installation files) that is mentioned in this link: http://winsupersite.com/windows-10/prevent-windows-10-upgrade-...
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Where is the “ Clean up System Files” in “Disk Cleanup Wizard”?

I am trying to reduce the size of my WinSxS folder by following this article on How-To Geek: http://www.howtogeek.com/174705/how-to-reduce-the-size-of-your-winsxs-folder-on-windows-7-or-8/ In there ...
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Option to remove old windows update files from Winsxs not available in disk cleanup; KB2852386 IS installed

I have update KB2852386 installed so that I can cleanup old update files. I have a 30gb SSD which has absolutely NO space left on it. I want to cleanup my winsxs folder (21GB), but the option in disk ...
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cleanup C:\Windows\WinSxS\Temp\PendingDeletes and PendingRenames

Both, the PendingDeletes and the PendingRenames folder within the windows temp folder are about 1GB in size. Is there any save way to empty or delete those folders? C:\Windows\WinSxS >10GB C:\Windows\...
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Why should we wipe disks multiple times? [duplicate]

There exists various ways of destroying the data on a disk. Even simple wipes differ, some disk utilities give these options: Format (does not actually wipe) Wipe 1 time with zero Wipe 1 time with ...
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Software to clean windows junk file [closed]

I'm looking for any free software or way around to clean junk files and make more space available in Windows drive. Using Windows 10
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If I use CCleaner regularly, will it damage or reduce the life time of hard disk?

I found CCleaner very useful to clean all unnecessary data on a hard drive and wipe out free space. But what makes it different from normal delete to secure delete, and I wonder what it will do on ...
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Why does Disk Cleanup take so much time and cpu?

Just a curiosity question. Disk Cleanup has been spending 100% of one of my cores for quite a while and still going. Seems to be spending a lot of time especially on Windows Update Cleanup. Can't ...
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disable Compress old files checking in Disk Cleanup in Windows XP

On an OS drive with approx 168K files, 27K folders of approx 28GB, that include OS (Windows XP SP3), drivers and a bunch of large applications such as Visual Studio, MS Sql Server, MySql, Java, ...
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Is there a way to know what the Windows Disk Cleanup utility will delete?

When I run the Disk Cleanup utility that's built into Windows 8, it tells me that it can free up 53GB by deleting 'Temporary Files'. However, a CCleaner analysis on default settings only finds about ...
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where are “temporary files” cleaned by Windows 7 Disk Cleanup?

my disk cleanup seems unable to delete lotsa megs worth of "temporary files" that it sees, even after I went and deleted contents of various temp folders I found myself. I would like to try delete ...
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Any reason not to delete Service Pack Backup Files?

I am using Windows 7 SP1, and I ran the Disk Cleanup utility. It tells me that I can save 920MB if I delete the Service Pack Backup Files. Apparently, if I do so, I won't be able to uninstall the ...
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File History Cleanup errors with 800405ff

I'm trying to clean up my File History items on Window 8.1, but when I click on the "Clean up versions" I get the following error: Could not clean up File History data Failed to perform File ...
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Can I delete the the folder C:\ProgramData\Package Cache\?

There is a new folder full of installers located at C:\ProgramData\Package Cache\. I believe this is from visual studio 2012 RC. Does anyone know if I can delete these GB of data without ...
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How to prevent Windows 7 from creating system restore files and shadow copies?

I have noticed that my Windows 7 partition loses free space about half a gigabyte every day until there is no space left anymore. I can work around this by going to Disk Cleanup -> More Options -> ...
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Windows Server 2008R2 - Disk Clean does not work

I have a Windows 2008R2 server and my WinSXS folder is 12 GB. I have tried to use the Disk Clean up utility and that does not cleanup the WINSXS foder. Any ideas !!! I have rebooted this machine ...
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Windows 2008 R2 winsxs folder cleanup

I have a Windows 2008 R2 x64 server. Desktop experience is enabled. I've applied the KB2852386 from Microsoft that adds the Windows Update Cleanup to the diskcleanup tool. When I first ran it, it ...
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VMware player disk clean up

I am currently running the free version of VMware player which corresponds to workstation 10. I am trying to figure out how to run the disk clean up utility to free up space on the virtual drive. I am ...
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Windows Disk CleanUp issue

I have Windows 8.1. My problem is that Disk CleanUp start automatically and disappear when I move the mouse so I can't do anything with it. Is there a way to disable this program?
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7z file manager crashed and left temp files behind

So I did a drag&drop extraction from 7z (windows), which creates temporary files (this was on purpose, as I was extracting to a network share.) Unfortunately, 7z crashed during this process and ...
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Batch delete temporary Windows files (system, browsers, cache, etc) for all users

Is anyone in this community using a particular technique to achieve batch deletion of temporary data (such as Windows temp folders, browsers cache, etc) for all users? The tricky part seems to be: ...
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MacPorts: How to clean out source code

So I haven't cleaned up after MacPorts in, um, ever and I'm trying to cut down on the disk space it's using. The source code for several (but not all) of the ports are still on my disk. Since I've ...
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How to find out what eats up my hard drive space on OS X?

First of all, I do use Clean My Mac 2, but even so, something is still eating up my hard drive space. For example yesterday I had 27 GB free space, today I only have 22 GB. I haven't downloaded or ...
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Windows 7 Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) tool fails when trying to clean C:\windows\winsxs

I am running Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit edition and I am tyring to run the Windows 7 Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) tool, DISM.exe, have to try and clean/reclaim some space from ...
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Disk Cleanup wants to clean a lot of temporary files

Windows 7 Disk Cleanup thinks I have 72 GB of temporary files that it's offering to delete. From what I saw in other questions, it tries to delete from the Users directory; according to WinDirStat, my ...
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Windows Update Cleanup fails to clean up

I run Disk Cleanup as administrator and it showed 3.5G under Windows Update Cleanup. However, it didn't clean this space (or any that I can see) and on the next run showed 2.04M. Is there any way to ...
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System Volume Information folder occupied 100 gb

I have been noticing recently, my C drive gets occupied fully even if there are no bigger programs installed. Out of 150gb, after uninstalling few programs, the space left was 30gb. Day by day it ...
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Cleanup Windows XP on netbook

I already moved all installed application software to drive D:, but C: (4&nnsp;GB SSD) is full since the auto update to SP3. I don't need or want things like Windows Media Player, Windows Messenger, ...
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How to clean an externally connected Windows volume of cruft?

I frequently will take Windows drives that are junked up by viruses, malware and general usage over to other machines in order to remove the infections, etc. vs fighting the battle on the machine in ...
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System Restore Obsolete data Stores

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/301224: If you start the Disk Cleanup utility and you click the Disk Cleanup tab, a System Restore: Obsolete Data Stores entry is available. These are files that ...
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Advanced clean up/speed up tips?

My PC is nearly 2 years old now, and I have noticed it getting slower and less responsive over time. I really don't like the idea of a clean install - mostly because of the amount of downloading and ...
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Can you cleanup the “Users” folder in Windows 7 from information/saved data whose corresponding application has been removed?

After a lot of installations of various applications in my machine, various folders are created in the Users/myusername folder. After I have removed most of my applications last week, there are still ...
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Is there any software for cleaning Windows' temp folder?

Is there any software for cleaning Windows' local settings / temp folder? With no installing, not many options, just a simple, nice interface with buttons to do what's needed and which wouldn't ...
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Turn off the Desktop Cleanup Wizard popup forever

Every one in a while, I get a notification asking me if I want to remove unused icons from the Windows XP desktop. How can I turn off this notification forever?
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Confirm if directory exists in a specific location then Run cmd 1 if not cmd 2

I have two scripts that I would like to merge into 1 batch file. The scripts just delete temp areas on windows 7 or xp, I would like to combine them by creating a conditional statement that states IF ...
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can't remove windows 7 update files [duplicate]

I'm trying to free-up space on my windows 7 OS drive. I've install all windows updates to-date and the Windows folder has almost doubled in size. I've read some articles on how to remove unneeded ...
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How can I perform Disk Cleanup on all user accounts that exist on a computer?

Can you help me with some ideas regarding a possible way that I can use for performing maintenance tasks on all computer users in one shot (e.g. Disk Cleanup, Registry Cleanup)? I would like to kill ...
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When to use disk cleanup

How often should you do a disk cleanup and when you do what should you delete?
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Error popup message (when rebooting) after Disk Cleanup

Okay, this is interesting. People told me that it's perfectly safe to delete the Temp folder. So I did, as I performed Disk Cleanup in C:, but guess what, I guess it's not perfectly safe. When I ...
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Disk space visualizer with delete function

Is there a tool that let me (recursively) visualize how much diskspace space directories and files (!) consume on my disk and that lets me delete directories and files (!) which would result in a on ...
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Is there such a concept as “dead thumbnails” in Windows?

I realised that in disk cleanup (cleanmgr.exe) there is an item "Thumbnails": Windows keeps a copy of all of your picture, video, and document thumbnails so they can be displayed quickly when ...