Monday, January 26, 2009

[Vista] Delete files using Disk Cleanup utility

Do you know whenever a program crashes in Windows Vista OS, it stores some 100 MB of system information on your hard drive, so that it can send to Microsoft to tell them why customers are unsatisfied with their product? One can only imagine the amount of data Microsoft’s servers have to handle!

However, there is a built-in utility (Disk Cleanup) that allows you to free your system from unnecessary files, creating some extra space, and making the computer a bit faster. It removes temporary files, empties the Recycle Bin, and removes a variety of system files and other items that you no longer need.
  • Disk Cleanup can be found in the Start Menu by going to Accessories -> System Tools. Alternatively, you can always use the search box and type the word "disk".
  • In the Disk Cleanup Options dialog box, choose whether you want to clean up your own files only or all of the files (i.e. for all users) on the computer.
  • In the Disk Cleanup: Drive Selection dialog box appears, select the hard disk drive that you want to clean up, and then click OK.
  • Click the Disk Cleanup tab, and then select the check boxes for the files you want to delete.
  • When you finish selecting the files you want to delete, click OK, and then click Delete files to confirm the operation. Disk Cleanup proceeds to remove all unnecessary files from your computer.
  • [Instructions are available at Microsoft's site at Delete files using Disk Cleanup].
Run Disk Cleanup on regular basis to reclaim the disk space. Better run CCleaner after running DiskCleanup.




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