|This chapter excerpt from the Windows Vista Resource Kit, by Mitch Tulloch, Tony Northrup and Jerry Honeycutt with the MSWinVista Team, is printed with permission from Microsoft Press, Copyright 2007.
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With Disk Cleanup (Cleanmgr.exe), you can delete unneeded files and compress infrequently accessed files. This tool is primarily useful for resolving problems that might be related to a shortage of disk space. Insufficient free disk space can cause many problems, ranging from Stop errors to file corruption. To increase free space you can do the following:
- Move files to another volume or archive them to backup media.
- Compress files or disks to reduce the space required to store data.
- Delete unneeded files.
To run Disk Cleanup, follow these steps:
- Click Start, and then click Computer.
- Right-click the drive you want to clean, and then click Properties. On the Properties dialog, click Disk Cleanup.
- Click either My Files Only or Files From All Users On This Computer.
- On the Disk Cleanup tab, select the files to delete, and then click OK.
How to Troubleshoot Disk Problems in Microsoft Windows Vista
How to prepare for disk failures
How to use Chkdsk
How to use the graphical Chkdsk interface
How to determine whether Chkdsk is scheduled to run
How to use the Disk Cleanup Wizard
How to disable non-volatile caching
Reprinted with permission from Microsoft Press. From Windows Vista Resource Kit (ISBN:9780735622838) Microsoft Press. All rights reserved.
This was first published in October 2007