How to use Disk Clean Up Feature on Windows 7 and 8.1

When I start the blog,I wrote an article for Windows 7 optimization Guide.In this article I explain how can maintain the Windows without third part tools to help keep your machine healthy.

It’s always good idea run maintenance task on Windows machine to help keep it run smoothly. Windows include some great tools to help keep your machine healthy. Unfortunately most of the user they don’ know to use these tools. So i decide Today to explain how can delete unused files and increase free space in your Hard disk with Disk Clean up feature of Windows. 

How to launch Disk Cleanup utility in Windows 8.1

There several ways to launch disk cleanup utility on Windows 8.1.

1. One way is right click on Windows button and select Search.

Type cleanup and choose  –Free up disk space by delete unucessary files--.

2. Right Click on Windows Button and select Contro Panel.

Select Administrative Tools.

Click on Disk Cleanup.


3. More advance way is with right click on Windows Button click Run and type cleanmgr.exe.

How to launch Disk Cleanup Utility on Windows 7

1. Quick way is to go Start and type in search area the word disk cleanup.
Then click on Disk Cleanup.

2. Another ways is to go from Start - -> All Programms - ->Accessories System Tools.
Select Disk cleanup.

Wait until finish the analyze of your disk and Then will open Disk Cleanup utility which contain a list of all categories or locations contains unnecessary files on your disk.
By default has check the most common categories to delete. But you can check and other categories to delete the files.

In the table explain with details all the categories which included in Disk Cleanup utility.

Category Description
Download Program Files Downloaded Program Files are ActiveX controls and Java applets downloaded automatically from the Internet with you view certain pages. They are temporarily stored in the Downloaded Program Files folder on your hard disk.
Temporary Internet Files The Temporary Internet Files folder contains webpages stored on your hard disk for quick viewing. Your personalized settings for webpages will be left intact.
Offline webpages Offline pages are webpages that are stored on your computer so you can view them without being connected to the Internet. If you delete these pages now, you can still view your favorites offline later by synchronizing then. Your personalized settings for webpages will be left intact.
Recycle Bin The Recycle Bin contains files you have deleted from your computer. 
Setup Log files Files created by Windows.
Temporary files Programs sometimes stores temporary information in the TEMP folder. Before a program closes, it usually deleted this information. You can safely delete temporary files that have not been modified in over a week.
Thumbnails Windows keeps a copy of all your picture, video, and document thumbnails so they can be displayed quickly when you open a folder. If you delete these thumbnails, they will be automatically recreated as needed.
Per user queued Windows Error Report Files used for error reporting and solution checking.
System queued Windows Error Report Files used for error reporting and solution checkin


When choose the categories that you want to delete unnecessary files you can click on button View Files for every category to see the files that you will be deleted. Note that View Files it’s not available for all categories.

Except from View Files button you can see another one button as Cleanup System Files.

When click on Cleanup System Files analyze the disk and will open again Disk Cleanup utility with new categories. 
Followig you can see the table with the new categories which included after click on button Cleanup System files.

Category Description
Windows Update Cleanup Windows keeps copies of all installed updates from Windows Update, even after installing newer versions of updates that are no longer needed and taking up space. (You might need to restart your computer.)
Service Pack Backup Files Windows saves old versions of files that have been updated by a service pack. If you delete the files, you won't be able to uninstall the service pack later.

The most important category which included is the Windows Update Cleanup. This category included on Windows 7.
The Windows Update Cleanup only appears when wizard detects Windows Updates that they don’t need on your system. 
For example if you have setup new machine and you don’t have install any Windows Update the option isn’t available. 

<< Here I would like to say that finally Microsoft resolve the issue of Windows updates archive folder.>>

Now if you have finish click OK to proceed with the Cleanup process.

If you have choose any category of Cleanup System files when finish the Cleanup process will be request to do a restart.

After finish the disk cleanup your disk size will be increase depend from the files that you have deleted.

Great Tools , simple , without need to do any new installation.

I hope to enjoy and from now on use the Utility to clean up your disk.

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