Windows 10 – How to Open and Use Disk Cleanup

To free up your computer’s hard drive disk space, Microsoft Windows 10 has a maintenance utility which is termed as Disk Cleanup. This utility inspects your computer’s hard drive, wipes out unwanted files (which are no longer used) and eliminates clutter. Disk Cleanup blanks the Recycle Bin, wipes out temporary files moreover worthless system files along with the ones that are not being in use by users. Our post of today will show you the process through which you can open and use Disk Cleanup in Windows 10 and get some free space to your computer’s hard disk and eliminate the unnecessary files.

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How to Open and Use Disk Cleanup in Windows 10

  • Open the Run command with the blend of Windows and R
  • Type cleanmgr on the text field and click Ok to see what is next.
cleanmgr on run box
  • Alternatively, you can write cleanmgr in the Cortana search box at the bottom of the start menu and click the same at the top of the search result.
 Windows 10 - How to Open and Use Disk Cleanup
  • If you have many drive partitions on your computer then select Windows C drive or the drive that you wish to clean using the drop down menu of the Disk Cleanup Drive Selection.
drive selection image
  • After a while, the disk cleanup wizard for your drive comes out. If you wish to Clean Up Files of Your Account then deselect the items you don’t want and click on Ok.
use disk cleanup
  • To Clean up the System Files then click on Clean up System Files button (you are needed to sign in as an administrator).
Clean up System Files button
  • A small pop up opens up where you need to select the drive where your System files reside followed by Ok.
drive selection image


Now you view the whole wizard of disk cleanup. Select the files by ticking the checkbox to delete and click OK.

 Windows 10 - How to Open and Use Disk Cleanup
  • Click Yes when asked by User Account Control.
  • Upon the arrival of Disk Cleanup confirmation window click on Delete Files.
 Windows 10 - How to Open and Use Disk Cleanup
  • Again select you preferred drive letter.
  • Select or deselect the items as per your requirement and click Ok.
  • The selected items will be removed by Disk Cleanup.

How to Cleanup Most Recent Restore Point on Windows 10

In this post, Apart from how to use Disk cleanup in windows 10 we will also show you how to delete the most recent Restore Point using Disk Cleanup. For this, you have to sign in as an administrator. Do the first three steps mentioned above and then follow the below steps –

  • Click on Clean up system files button.
  • Click yes if asked permission from User Account Control.
  • Select your desired drive.
  • Then under the Disk Cleanup for Windows (Your drive letter) window select the More Options
  • Click on Clean up button of Restore and Shadow copies.
 Windows 10 - How to Open and Use Disk Cleanup
  • Click on Clean up button to confirm the deletion process.
 Windows 10 - How to Open and Use Disk Cleanup

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Love to play with Windows 10. Suggestion - Going for Registry change or system files edit then remember to take a backup or create a restore point before Starting.

6 thoughts on “Windows 10 – How to Open and Use Disk Cleanup

  1. Thank you very much

  2. ROBERT BRUCE says:

    Perfect, this worked for me, many thanks. Robert Bruce.

  3. obliged

  4. pease notify of change of settings in windows 10

  5. Eileen Wentworth says:

    just want to clean up

  6. For all of you that are still looking for the answer! This worked for me! “YA”!

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