Windows 10 Disk Cleanup

Free up space with Windows 10 Disk Cleanup

Most of Windows 10 users have the experience that C drive is running out of space. Windows Updates, system log and temp files, programs and many other types of files write into C drive continuously, so C drive becomes full sooner or later. In this situation, nobody likes to start over to reinstall Windows and programs.

Instead, there are better ways: free up disk space with Windows 10 Disk Cleanup utility and increase C drive space by taking free space from other drives. Either method helps you get more free space in C drive. However, if C drive is created too small, you’d better expand C drive to larger size, otherwise, you’ll encounter this problem again in near future.

In this article, I’ll introduce what Disk Cleanup is, how to open it and how to free up disk space with Windows 10 Disk Cleanup.

Windows 10 Disk Cleanup

What is Disk Cleanup

Disk Cleanup is a Microsoft Windows computer native included maintenance utility that is used to free up disk space on hard disk drives. The utility is easy and fast, it searches and analyzes the hard drive for files that are no longer of any use, and then removes the unnecessary files safely. Windows Disk Cleanup can delete many types of files such as: Windows Updates, Temporary files, Logs, Cache and files in Recycle Bin.

You can run Disk Cleanup in all Windows versions from XP, however, in some Windows version such as Server 2008 and 2012, Disk Cleanup is not enabled by default and you need to manually install it.

Starting with Windows 10 version 1803, Disk Cleanup are incorporated into Windows 10’s Settings app, however, the standalone Disk Cleanup utility is still workable.

How to open Disk Cleanup in Windows 10

Some people do not know where to find disk cleanup in Windows 10. There are 4 ways to open/start Disk Cleanup utility in Windows 10:

Way 1: from Run

Press Windows and R key on keyboard, type cleanmgr, and then click OK.

cleanmgr cmd

Select the drive that you want to cleanup.

Select drive

Way 2: from Files Explorer

Press Windows and E on keyboard to open Windows Files Explorer, right click the drive that you want to cleanup and click Properties.

Windows Explorer

In the pop-up window you’ll see Disk Cleanup, click it.

Disk cleanup

Way 3: by search

Search Disk Cleanup from task bar at bottom left. For example, after I input clean, Disk Cleanup is shown on the top of this window.

Search Disk Cleanup

Way 4: from command line

  1. Type cmd to search, when Command Prompt is shown, right click it and select Run as administrator.
  2. In the command prompt window, type: cmd.exe /c Cleanmgr /sageset:65535 & Cleanmgr /sagerun:65535
  3. Select the files and click OK.

Elevated command

How to run Windows 10 Disk Cleanup

No matter you select Way 1, 2 or 3, the same Disk Cleanup window will be opened.

Select files

Step 1: click the check-box to select the types of files that you want to cleanup and click OK to begin. If you are not sure what is the meaning of the files, click it and you’ll see the description.

Confirm deleting

Confirm this operation by clicking Delete Files. It’ll finish in a short time.


Step 2: it will back to the files selection window when it complete. Click Clean up system files and repeat.

Step 3: Click Clean up system files again, switch to More Options tab, where you can clean up installed programs, system restore and shadow copy files.

More option

Advantage and disadvantage of Windows 10 Disk Cleanup

 Windows 10 Disk Cleanup utility is easy, fast and safe to delete many types of unnecessary files. It is very useful to the computers that never or have not free up disk space for a long time.

But to the computers that C drive are created too small, or already free up disk space regularly, Windows 10 Disk Cleanup doesn’t work, so you cannot get plenty of free space. That means, C drive will be full in a short time. In this case, you’d better enlarge C drive and transfer more free space from other drives in the same disk. To accomplish this task, NIUBI Partition Editor is very easy and safe, watch the video how to shrink data volumes and extend C drive in Windows 10:

Comparing with other disk partition tool, NIUBI Partition Editor is integrated with innovative 1 Second Rollback technology, which can protect system and data intact. If any software or hardware issue occur during partition resizing process, it can automatically roll back to original status in a flash. Besides resizing disk drives, it helps do many other operations such as merge, convert, copy, defrag, wipe, repair, check partitions, etc.

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