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How To Use The Windows Disk Cleanup Program

Windows provides us with a Disk Cleanup utility that is very useful and easy to use. This utility will quickly search your hard drive for Temporary Files, Downloaded Program Files, Recycle Bin Files, Temporary PC Health Files and Application Debugging Information etc. In other words, it quickly searches out all of the Junk Files, which are all safe to delete. It will not remove any files that are critical to your operating system. Therefore, this technical brief will show you how to use the Windows Disk Cleanup application.

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For Windows XP

  1. Begin by first clicking on the Start Button.
  2. Then move your mouse over the All Programs icon to display all Start Menu folders.
  3. If your Start Menu is set to the Classic View, move your mouse over the Programs folder instead.
  4. Now, move your mouse onto the Accessories menu folder until it expands.
  5. Then move your mouse onto the System Tools menu folder until it expands.
  6. Now Click on the Disk Cleanup icon to launch the program.
  7. Windows XP will automatically select your hard drive to clean up for you
  8. In the Files to delete: section some items will already contain check marks.
  9. For a thorough Clean Up, Ensure all unchecked boxes are checked by using your mouse.
  10. Then click on the OK button at the bottom of the screen to begin the Clean Up Process.
  11. Windows will ask you if you are sure that you want to perform these actions.
  12. Select YES to have Disk Cleanup begin the Clean Up process.
  13. Disk Cleanup will quickly delete the selected files and will then exit on its own.

For Windows 98 And Windows Millennium

  1. Begin by first clicking on the Start Button.
  2. Then, move your mouse over the Programs menu folder until it expands.
  3. Now move your mouse onto the Accessories menu folder until it expands.
  4. Then move your mouse onto the System Tools menu folder until it expands.
  5. Now Click on the Disk Cleanup icon to launch the program.
  6. Windows will ask you, Which drive do you want to clean up?
  7. Simply select your drive and click on OK to begin the Clean Up Process.
  8. In the Files to delete: section some items will already contain check marks.
  9. For a thorough Clean Up, Ensure all unchecked boxes are checked by using your mouse.
  10. Then click on the OK button at the bottom of the screen to begin the Clean Up Process.
  11. Windows will ask you if you are sure that you want to permanently delete these files.
  12. Select YES to have Disk Cleanup delete all of your selected files.
  13. Disk Cleanup will quickly delete the selected files and will then exit on its own.
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