How to Run Disk Cleanup in Windows Vista and 7

Run from My Computer

To open Disk Cleanup on a Windows Vista or Windows 7 computer, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start
  2. Go to All Programs > Accessories > System Tools
  3. Click Disk Cleanup
  4. Choose what type of files and folders to delete at the Files to delete section
  5. Click OK
  6. To delete system files that are no longer needed, click Clean up system files. You may be
    prompted by UAC (User Account Control) to confirm the action.
  7. Click Delete Files

To free more space, go to the More options tab:

  • Click Clean up at the Programs and Features section to remove program files that are no longer needed
  • Click Clean up at the System Restore and Shadow Copies section to remove restore points, except the last one

Run from Command Prompt

To open Disk Cleanup via Command Prompt (command line) on a Windows Vista or Windows 7:

  1. Open Command Prompt
  2. Type cleanmgr
  3. Press Enter
Windows 7 Disk Cleanup screen
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