How to Open Disk Cleanup in Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP


Disk cleanup is a built-in tool in Windows OS that you can use to clean unnecessary files (temporary IE files, thumbnails cache, files in Recycle Bin, etc.) on the hard disks and free up the space. There are many ways to open Windows disk cleanup in the OS. And this post will list some common ways for you to access to disk cleanup in your Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP.

Ways to Open Disk Cleanup in Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista and XP

Following are ways to open Disk Cleanup in different Windows OS. Some may share similar methods, and you can choose the any one you like to perform the cleanup.

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Open Disk Cleanup in Windows 10, 8.1 or 8

Way 1. Use Windows Run

  1. Use Windows shortcut keys Win + R to launch Run.
  2. Type cleanmgr into the dialog box.
  3. Press Enter and open the Disk Cleanup.

Way 2. Use Windows Cortana

  1. Speak to your PC “Hey Cortana” if it is available.
  2. Speak out “Open Disk Cleanup” to Cortana.
  3. Wait until it opens.

Way 3. Use Windows Search

  1. Use Windows shortcut keys Win + S to launch the search box (or use the search box on Taskbar directly if available).
  2. Type into the search box “disk”. Hit the Enter.
  3. Select Disk Cleanup from the search results.
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Way 4. Open Disk Cleanup through Command Prompt.

  1. Use Windows shortcut keys Win + X to launch the Jump List, and then select Command Prompt from the menu.
  2. Type “cleanmgr” into the dialog box.
  3. Hit the Enter.

Way 5. Open Disk Cleanup in Control Panel

  1. Use Windows shortcut keys Win + X to launch the Jump List, and then select Control Panel from the menu.
  2. View in Category and click System and Security.
  3. Navigate to Administrative Tools and click Free up disk space.

Way 6. Open Disk Cleanup from Windows Administrative Tools

  1. Click on the Start button.
  2. Click on the alphabet and then choose the letter W (You can also navigate to W sections in the All Apps list).
  3. Expand Windows Administrative Tools and select Disk Cleanup below.
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Way 7. Open Disk Cleanup through Local Disk

  1. Launch This PC or use Windows shortcut keys Win + E to launch File Explorer.
  2. Right click on the Local Disk that you are going to do the cleanup. Then select Properties.
  3. Choose the General tab and then click the Disk Cleanup button.

Open Disk Cleanup in Windows 7 or Vista

Way 1. Use the Search Box

  1. Click on the Start button and go to the search box.
  2. Type into “disk” and press Enter.
  3. Select Disk Cleanup form the search results.

Way 2. Open Disk Cleanup via Run

  1. Click on the Start button and then launch Run.
  2. Type cleanmgr into the box.
  3. Press Enter and open the Disk Cleanup.

Way 3. Open Disk Cleanup via Command Prompt.

  1. Launch Command Prompt.
  2. Type cleanmgr into the dialog box.
  3. Press the Enter and open Disk Cleanup.

Besides, you can also open Disk Cleanup via the Control Panel or Windows Administrative Tools, which goes the same as that in Windows 10 or 8.

Open Disk Cleanup in Windows XP

Way 1. Open Disk Cleanup via Run

  1. Click on the Start button and select Run.
  2. Type cleanmgr into the box.
  3. Click OK and open the Disk Cleanup.

Way 2. Open Disk Cleanup via System Tools

  1. Click on the Start button and go to All Programs.
  2. Expand Accessories and navigate to System Tools.
  3. Click Disk Cleanup below.

Way 3. Open Disk Cleanup via My Computer

  1. Launch My Computer and the right click on the drive you want to do the cleanup.
  2. Select Properties from the right-click pane.
  3. Go to the General tab and click Disk Cleanup.

Way 4. Run Disk Cleanup Directly in Command Prompt

  1. Launch Command Prompt in Windows XP.
  2. Type the command line below into the dialog box.

c:\windows\cleanmgr.exe /d

  1. Hit the Enter.

That’s it. You’ve successfully opened Disk Cleanup in your Windows and now you can perform a system cleanup.

How to Clean up the Local Disk in Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista or XP

  1. Select the drive you want to perform the cleanup from the drop-down menu. Then click on OK. Wait until the scanning finishes.
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  1. Check the items you want to delete from your computer. Click OK.
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  1. A new box pops up and asks you “Are you sure you want to permanently delete these files?” and then click Delete Files.

Note: If you want to perform a cleanup easily in your computer, you can try OSToto PC Speeder, which is free software that will help you delete all the junk files quickly in just one click.

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