Article ID : 00024066 / Last Modified : 11/04/2014Print

How to remove unnecessary files from the hard drive using the Disk Cleanup utility.

    Follow the procedure below to run the Disk Cleanup utility.

    WARNING: There is a risk of data loss. To avoid the unintended loss of data, check the contents of any designated folders before selecting them for cleanup.

    NOTE: Files found in temporary directories are files that are temporarily created, stored and used by an application or the operating system to run more quickly or efficiently. It is normally safe to delete these temporary files.

    1. Click the Start button, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools and click Disk Cleanup.
    2. In the Select Drive box, click the down arrow to select the drive to be cleaned.
    3. Click the OK button.
    4. In the Disk Cleanup box, click to select the box next to Temporary Files.
    5. Click to select the box next to Temporary Internet Files.

      NOTE: Additional cleanup location options may also be chosen at this time.

    6. Click the OK button.
    7. In the Are you sure you want to perform these actions box, click the Yes button.