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

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Disk cleanup stuck on Windows Update cleanup

Whenever do Windows update cleanup in disk cleanup, the disk cleanup utility freezes up while that task (Windows Update cleanup) is running. Task Manager shows low resource usage. How can I fix this ...
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Disk Cleanup doesn't remove $WINDOWS.~BT

Attempt to launch cleanmgr on the C:\ drive. Use the button Clean up system files to compute how to remove the $WINDOWS.~BT folder. There is no option in the Files to delete: section about removing ...
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Huge 50GB+ kernel dump files being generated in temp

These folders/files keep appearing and I keep having to delete them. They are constantly sucking away all my storage space - what's going on? Tried opening in Event Viewer & nothing shows up: ...
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Avoid leaving personal data when you quit your job

I'm starting working on a new job soon and will be given a corporate laptop. Besides work projects, there will be some my personal data footprint like logged in email, messengers, personal documents ...
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Suppress 'Disk Space Notification' Success window after Disk Cleanup

From what I can tell running cleanmgr.exe with /AUTOCLEAN only inspects windows setup and installation files. If one runs cleanmgr.exe with /VERYLOWDISK it runs cleanmgr.exe as if all the check boxes ...
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What is an `Extension State/lost` directory in Chromium profile for? Can it be safely deleted?

For me, it stores several enumerated logfiles of 1–4 MB. bq:15:16:46:/tmp/dl$ ls -l ~/.config/chromium/Default/Extension\ State/lost/ итого 10692 -rw------- 1 bodqhrohro bodqhrohro 3695190 окт 31 ...
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Is there any advantage to manually deleting temp folders vs using the Windows Disk Cleanup tool?

I work at an IT call center, and we have a guide that directs us to empty out the following folders for hard drive cleanup: C:\Users\ user \App Data\local\Temp C:\Temp C:\Windows\Temp and then run ...
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How do I remove the Downloads option from Disk Cleanup?

In the new Windows 10 October 2018 Update, the Disk Cleanup tool (yes, I know, soon to be deprecated) has a new option to delete one's Downloads folder, in addition to the other options for cleanup. ...
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EMTEC 32gb flash drive

I have work pictures and videos on this and now when I go to use it it says to reformat it. I dont know if I could recreate the data again:( Prior to Windows 10, I was able to do a disk clean and I ...
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Cipher /w:Foldername Usage Vs Drive utilization

I have 300 GB Filestream folder. Below is the exact command I ran: cipher /w:M:\Tech\Database_FS\ I am trying to use Cipher /w to wipe off any unused space in the above folder. Instead of cleaning ...
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Does regular removing of files decrease HDD storage life?

And what is the safer way to regularly remove large (500-3500 Mb) files if yes? I'm talking about file storage service. What if i don't need to free space right NOW, what if i would keep files marked ...
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prevent cleanmgr.exe from deleting tmp files

I'm running an R shiny app locally on my Windows machine that auto-runs every day using a batch file. I recently ran into an issue lately where the R tmp directory /tmp/RtmpXXXXX is removed and the ...
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Erase disk before selling

I have an old Windows 7 computer that I want to format and prepare for selling to somebody. I am using Parted Magic for disk operations and I'm wondering if "erasing the disk safely" is really ...
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Unaccounted for space on SSD

I have a fairly new install of Windows 7SP1 and applications that hadn't changed much on a 500Gb (ok, 465Gb) SSD. All told, these used about 270Gb. The disk is a Samsung 850 EVO SSD, 500Gb purchased ...
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why is ntfswipe writing random values to undelete data?

was about to archive a harddrive as it came from the shop before adding my own OS on it, and given that it was a pre-used demo-machine bought at a discount, the harddrive was probably not clean behind-...
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Cleaning up File-share server

I've been trying to make a PowerShell script that lists all files and folders, their created date and last accessed date, size in MB, and if possible the last person that accessed it, with an export ...
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How does Disk Cleanup determine whether an old Windows installation exists?

How does the Disk Cleanup utility determine whether there is an old Windows installation present? I notice that just creating a Windows.old directory with a file inside doesn't cause it to detect the ...
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Can I safely delete folder $GetCurrent in Windows 10?

I have Windows 10 Version 1803 (OS Build 17134.48). And just noticed that there is a folder in the root of C:\ drive: C:\$GetCurrent With subfolders: Logs media SafeOS The total size of folder is ...
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Windows Disk Cleanup pretends to delete Windows Update files over and over

My C: drive has less than 1 GB free. I want to recover some of it so I run [Disk Cleanup] on it, then click [Clean up system files] and authorize it. It takes minutes to finally show a list of ...
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Semantics of “Implies” on command line switches

Silly question: I thought I knew what an implication was, until looking into this. I'd like to confirm the definition of implied in the context of Windows command prompt switches. For example: If ...
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Windows 7 Disk Cleanup deleted 30GB of temp files but only recovered 10GB of disk space?

Windows 7 was reporting I had 9.49 GB space free on my primary C: (SSD) drive: Windows Disk Cleanup reported I had 28.1 GB of "Temporary files" that could be deleted to get this space back (together ...
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Large amount of space on C drive (system volume information folder) used by files with .BLOB extension in Windows 10

I need clean up my C drive. I found system volume information folder size is 66 GB. That contains many folders and files with BLOB extension in this path: C:\system volume information\FileProtector\...
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How can I fix computer that won’t even boot up

I just had to update my drivers and clean my disk due to high disk usage, I went to reset and now my screen just stays plane black, it’ll change to a white screen for a split second every once in ...
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How does Disk cleanup compute “temporary files” in Windows 10?

I have encountered the following situation while removing temporary files using Disk Cleanup: I ran Disk Cleanup and obtained a big estimation for Temporary files ( > 15GB) Using this answer, I have ...
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Is it safe to empty C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\DataMart\PaidWiFi\OffersCache\Offers\?

Anyone tried emptying C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\DataMart\PaidWiFi\OffersCache\Offers\ ? I have paid wifi services off, yet this directory is still using 500 Megs of my precious disk space (I only have ...
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Disk Cleanup and Temporary Files

When you run Disk Cleanup one of the categories is "Temporary Files". Where are these temporary files? Has anyone been able to copy files to that location and re-run Disk Cleanup and see the size ...
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Windows 8.1 Blue Screen Clearing Temporary Files with Disk Cleanup

Every time I run Disk Cleanup as an admin (therefore deleting system files) and check the Temporary Files box it finishes fine but when I restart the computer it blue screens says Boot critical file ...
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why do I find registry problems and unnecessary files after Windows 10 reset and might they cause further problems?

My laptop has two drives inside: an SSD where I put the operative systems (WIndows 10 x64 and Linux in dual boot) and a hard disk which I use for media storage and installing most of softwares. I did ...
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Clean up %windir%\Installer [duplicate]

The Windows (10) Installer directory is massive, over 25Gb for me. Is there anything that can be tidied up here? Also, what's it for? Follow up As removing it seems like a bad thing can I store it ...
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How much storage should be taken up by 'System' in MacOS Sierra

MacOS Sierra has a helpful "Manage Storage" option in "About this Mac". I noticed that my Mac uses 152 gigs of storage just for "system". I'm wondering if that's normal, because it seems outrageously ...
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Syntax error in FOR loop in browsercache clearing batch script

I am trying to create a browsercache clearing script in batch, which could be run by an admin on a server to clear all users browser cache on demand, or by schedule. However i am pretty stuck in the ...
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How to tell what last had access to and wrote to hard drive?

I've recently been losing hard drive space. I've been doing all I can to get rid of temporary files and whatnot, but I feel like it'd be more time-efficient if there was a way to pinpoint what program ...
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Windows 10 Home C:\ 1TB Disk cleanup resulting Windows Update cleanup 3,99TB

Have anyone seen this? Windows 10 Home C:\ 1TB Disk cleanup resulting on Windows Update cleanup 3,99TB On the right above the blue, you have the point, Windows Update cleaning 3,99Tt = 3,99Tb or ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...