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How to Perform a Disk Cleanup in Windows 8 Computer?

By Harmeet ,Tuesday, September 18th, 2012


Disk Cleanup is a utility tool that comes bundled with the operating system. Disk Cleanup cleans up the space in your hard drive by removing unused files from your hard drive to make your computer faster.   Do you know how to access and use Disk Cleanup on Windows 8? Here’s a video that helps you with that.

How to open Disk Cleanup in Windows 8?

You can open Disk Cleanup in Windows 8 in different ways.  Following steps and tips will guide you through accessing Disk Cleanup in Windows 8.

From Administrative Tools:

You can access Administrative Tools from either Control Panel or Start Screen. You can access ‘Administrative Tools’ from ‘Control Panel’. You can access ‘Control Panel’ from Start Screen, Computer icon, Task Bar, or Desktop Icon. Once you access ‘Control Panel’, click ‘Administrative Tools’. You can also add tools you are using under ‘All Apps’ and ‘Start Screen’. Once you show all the tools under Administrative Tools on the Start Screen, you can access those including Disk Cleanup from the All Apps list and the Start Screen.

Disk Cleanup windows 8 pc

Using Search Charm:

One of the easiest methods to access Disk Cleanup in Windows 8 is via the Charms bar. First open Charms bar, select ‘Search’ and now enter ‘Disk Cleanup’. Select ‘Settings’ and click ‘Free up disk space by deleting unnecessary files’. Thus, you can access Disk Cleanup utility.

Disk cleanup app for windows 8

Using Run:

Go to Start Screen, right-click to find ‘All Apps’ and find ‘Run’ dialog box. Click ‘Run’ to open the Run dialog box. When the ‘Run’ dialog box opens, type in the executable file name of the Disk Cleanup which is ‘Cleanmgr.exe’.

windows8 disk Cleanup


From the Start Screen   

If you are going to use Disk Cleanup utility frequently, then pin the tool to either Start by clicking ‘Pin to Start’ or to the taskbar by choosing ‘Pin to taskbar’.  Once you pinned it, you get one-click access to the Disk Cleanup utility from Task Bar or Start Screen.

Disk Cleanup in windows 8

Now that you have accessed and opened Disk Cleanup utility, you can declutter your computer to make free space on the hard disk drive, improve performance and speed of your computer. Now the question is what kind of files and folder you need to delete using Disk Cleanup Utility?

Types of files and junks you can remove using Disk Cleanup are –

  1. Delete temporary files
  2. Clear cache
  3. Delete system file

Follow these steps below to run Disk Cleanup to remove temporary files

Disk Cleanup utility can be used to clear temporary files, dump files, clear Recycle bin and other unnecessary temporary files. Open Disk Cleanup utility from

  • Search Charm
  • Administrative Tools
  • Run command
  • Start Screen.

After you open Disk Cleanup Utility –

  1. Choose a drive that you want to clean

    Disk Cleanup

  2.  Next, Windows will automatically calculate the volume of space you can save by running Disk Cleanup tool.

    Windows 8 Disk Cleanup

  3.  You will find a list of temporary files that can be deleted including ‘Downloaded Program Files’, ‘Temporary Internet Files’, ‘Offline Webpages’, ‘Recycle Bin’, ‘Log Files’ and many more. You can select as many files you need to. Check the boxes beside the file name you want to delete. Some items are checked by default, you can check more files you we want to clean. Make sure you have checked boxes carefully as you cannot restore the files you remove using Disk Cleanup utility.
  4. Click ‘Ok’ once you are certain of the files you want to remove.
  5. Cleaning up process will take some time and is a little tedious, but, once your PC will clear those files completely, you will notice significant improvement in your PC performance.

Here is a video that will help you with that:

In addition to using Disk Cleanup utility as an on demand process, you can use it as a scheduled process with predefined options. In order to run Disk Cleanup as a scheduled task, include this in Task Scheduler by using predefined settings or pi cot to the Start menu. Watch this video to understand about how Disk Cleanup works and how to use this tool in Windows 8. So, how do you use Disk Cleanup utility in Windows 8 computer? Post your comments below.



About Harmeet

loves to simplify technology for all readers who are interested in the genre but find it complex to comprehend. She is a writer by passion and wants to enrich the life of others by writing about the latest gadgets, apps, and devices in the simplest and the most useful manner. Her blogs are detailed, interesting, and definitely fun to read…

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