Disk Cleanup

Disk Cleanup utility is part of every windows operating system to help the system run faster, free hard drive space and clean the computer from unnecessary clutter. It can be accessed by opening My Computer in Windows XP or the computer icon Computer in Windows 7 (Keyboard Shortcut “Windows logo + E”) and by right clicking the properties of the local hard disk. “Disk Cleanup” will be on the lower right side disk properties screen. It will run a scan of the drive and a window will come up with the selection of which categories to clean. After the categories are chosen, clicking the “OK” button will start the Disk Cleanup Utility.

How does disk cleanup work? The utility first searches and analyzes the hard drive for files that are no longer of any use, and then removes the unnecessary files after the user confirms. There are a number of different file categories that Disk Cleanup targets when performing the initial disk analysis. These are the most common;

  • Compression of old files – Files which are compressed and they have not been opened for a while
  • Temporary Internet files – Internet browsing history
  • Temporary Windows file – Windows browsing history
  • Recycle Bin – Recycle Bin files if it’s not empty
  • Setup Log files – Logs of any software that has been installed on the local computer


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