You can access Disk Cleanup in either of the following ways: ■ Search for Disk Cleanup on the Start screen, tap or click Settings, and then tap or click Free Up Disk Space By Deleting Unnecessary Files. ■ Press and hold or right-click a logical disk in File Explorer on the desktop. Both of these options display dialog boxes on the desktop. The first starts Disk Cleanup immediately, whereas the second shows the Drive Properties dialog box for the disk you selected and provides the Disk Cleanup button to launch the utility. When Disk Cleanup begins running, it analyzes the drive against which you selected to run it to locate items that might be candidates for removal. Figure 11-2 shows the Disk Cleanup analysis process. FIGURE 11-2 Analyzing the selected disk Following initial scanning, the Disk Cleanup dialog box shown in Figure 11-3 appears. Depending on the results of the analysis, some options might be selected within the Files To Delete section of the window. The initial options for files to delete include: ■ Downloaded Program Files ActiveX controls and Java applets used during normal operation of some websites ■ Temporary Internet Files Websites and Internet content stored on your computer to speed up viewing ■ Recycle Bin Files you have moved to the Recycle Bin for deletion ■ Setup Log Files Any log files generated by application installation processes ■ System Error Memory Dump Files Memory dump files created by system halts and other errors ■ Temporary Files Information stored by programs during normal operation ■ Thumbnails Files that quickly display images, videos, and documents in a small pre- view when browsing for items ■ Per User Archived Windows Error Reports Files that are used for error reporting and solution checking for each user account accessing the computer
Lesson 1: Managing disks and storage CHAPTER 11 379 ■ System Archived Windows Error Reports Files that are used for error reporting and online solution discovery To delete any of these groups of files, select the check box next to the group to select it for inclusion in cleanup. The Disk Cleanup utility will not affect any items not selected. FIGURE 11-3 Disk Cleanup ready to go In addition to the choices provided by Windows for files you might want to clean up regu - larly, you can clean up system files by tapping or clicking Clean Up System Files. When you select this option, additional groupings are displayed in the Files To Delete window: ■ System Error Mini Dump Files ■ Windows Defender IMPORTANT DO NOT DELETE SYSTEM FILES WITHOUT A REASON Deleting system files can cause data loss or problems with your computer if the files are not chosen with care. Be very careful about using Disk Cleanup to remove system files.
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