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I recently became curious if the Windows Disk Cleanup tool could be automated. Could the task of performing cleanup operations on client computers be done on a routine basis without requiring user intervention?
Although I didn't find the perfect solution to complete the task, I did find a helpful alternative. The NTRegMon tool from www.sysinternals.com will monitor the registry of a system while you run the Disk Cleanup tool. (I've provided a sample of the SMS Installer script below.)
Basically, the tool accepts a number of command-line parameters to dictate what actions should to be initiated. It also modifies the appropriate registry entries and then launches the "cleanmgr" executable.
I tested the NTRegMon tool on a Windows XP SP2 system featuring Office 2003. I hope you find it as useful as I did. These are the available command-line parameters:
- -ASTF = Active Setup Temp Folders
- -COF = Compress Old Files
- -CIC = Content Indexer Cleaner
- -DPF = Downloaded Program Files
- -ICF = Internet Cache Files
- -MDF = Memory Dump Files
- -MOTF = Microsoft Office Temp Files
- -MERTF = Microsoft Event Reporting 2.0 Temp Files
- -OSF = Office Setup Files
- -OF = Offline Files
- -OPF = Offline Pages Files
- -OCF = Old Chkdsk Files
- -RB = Recycle Bin
- -RDCF = Remote Desktop Cache Files
- -SLF = Setup Log Files
- -SR = System Restore
- -TF = Temporary Files
- -TOF = Temporary Offline Files
- -UBI = Uninstall Backup Image
- -WWC = WebClient and WebPublisher Cache
Please keep in mind that this code is a proof of concept project for me. If you are interested in using this in your particular IT environment, then I highly recommend that you spend some quality time verifying that everything works as expected.
The full code can be found at: 10309SilentCleanmgr.zip.
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Dan Thomson is employed by Aspiration Software as a Systems Administrator and works in the District of Columbia. He is also a contributing author for myITforum.com. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.