What is Disk Cleanup? How to Perform Disk Cleanup on Windows 10

Everyone who uses any gadgets always wants that the gadget should work like a charm. It can be possible only when your device is not piling up useless files and information. Let’s talk about the Windows operating system. We have been using Windows since the late 90s to date. One of the most recurring features Microsoft has provided with every version of Windows is the Disk Cleanup utility.

In this guide, we will go into the details about what the Disk cleanup does exactly.? Also, how can a user access it on his Windows PC/Laptop and effectively use the feature. So, let’s get started.

What is Disk Cleanup?

It is a maintenance program that comes inbuilt within all PCs that run on the Windows OS. This utility aims to free up the memory of the hard disk. In the early version of Windows OS, the disk cleanup feature used to be a standalone function. However, with advancement into Windows 10, this feature has now been integrated into the Settings section of the device. At the same time, it also continues to tag along as a stand-alone feature like it used to be in the older Windows OS.

Basically, it helps in removing the temporary files that got downloaded from the browser and from Windows. Also, it removes the setup log files, cached web pages, unused applications, and Windows components.

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Why Cleaning up the Hard Disk is important?

The advantages of cleaning the clutter from the hard drive include faster performance, swift response, and more memory. The clutter of temporary files decreases the throughput of the system. That’s why people often complain that their PC is not working as it supposed to. They face issues like slowing down of the PC, insufficient memory, and malware infestation.


So, make sure to use disk cleanup frequently to keep the performance of the system at the optimum level. One user doesn’t really access all the files all the time. In fact, there would be most of the files that are opened or used not so frequently. With Disk cleanup these files can be compressed to make way for more memory in the hard drive of the PC.

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How to Perform Disk Cleanup on Windows 10?

Now, let’s check out how we can perform disk cleanup on Windows 10.

  • Go to the Searchbox > type Disk Cleanup
    How to open the Disk Cleanup Utility
  • Otherwise, Press Windows +R to launch the run command > type Cleanmgr.exe
    Run the Disk Cleanup Manager
  • Then you will be provided the option to choose which hard drive you want to clean

Disk Cleanup: Drive Selection

  • Now, you have to select what type of files you want to remove through the Disk Cleanup. Simply click on the check boxes of the components whose files you wish to get rid of.
    Disk Cleanup Select Files to Delete
  • Once you select the type of files, then you have to confirm the deletion of the selected files permanently.
  • Depending upon the total file size the process may take a few seconds or minutes.

Disk Cleanup Via Command Prompt

You can also summon the command prompt and access disk cleanup via that. You will get some different components whose files you can clean up. Just take a look at the screenshot below. You will understand the difference I’m talking about. Compare the Files to Delete you see here with the method we used above.  This method has more options. Now you can choose anyone you wish.


Disk Cleanup by issuing Command line statement

So, that’s it, guys. This was a detailed insight into Microsoft Windows Disk Cleanup and how to use it. So, what are you waiting for..? Go clear the junk files from your PC now.

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