Windows 10: Looking for files/directories that Disk Cleanup scans...

Discus and support Looking for files/directories that Disk Cleanup scans... in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; I've been tracking down the locations of files scanned by the built-in Disk Cleanup tool, but I can't seem to find the following: Setup Log Files... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by Stargate38, Jul 1, 2018.

  1. Stargate38 Win User

    Looking for files/directories that Disk Cleanup scans...


    I've been tracking down the locations of files scanned by the built-in Disk Cleanup tool, but I can't seem to find the following:

    Setup Log Files
    Windows Update Cleanup files
    Windows upgrade log files
    System created Windows Error Reporting Files
    Windows Defender Antivirus (Non-critical files used by WD)
    DirectX Shader Cache
    Delivery Optimization Files

    Where are those files stored? I want to back some of them up to an external drive for future reference, especially the setup and upgrade logs.

    :)
     
    Stargate38, Jul 1, 2018
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  2. DaveM121 Win User

    Windows.old directory deletion

    Hi Everett, what directory do you want to delete?

    If it is C:\Windows, you cannot remove that directory, it contains the Operating System

    If it is C:\Windows.old you can remove it along with anything else that can be safely removed as follows:

    Open File Explorer

    Click on your hard drive

    On the Manage Tab, click Cleanup

    Let Disk Cleanup do its initial scan

    Select Everything in the list and choose Delete

    Start Disk Cleanup again

    Let Disk Cleanup do its initial scan

    This time in the resulting dialog, click 'Cleanup System Files'

    Let Disk Cleanup run another scan

    Select Everything in the list and choose Delete
     
    DaveM121, Jul 1, 2018
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  3. Swetha Sree Win User
    Disk Cleanup after The anniversary update

    Hi,

    I realize the inconvenience you are experiencing with Disk Cleanup. I will certainly help you.

    As per your query, I would like to inform you that, it is safe to delete all the files with extension .tmp in the temporary files folder.

    I suggest you to try deleting the temporary file manually by the steps provided below and check if it helps:

    • Go to Windows key+ R and type
      temp
    • Select all of the files and folders within the Temp folder and delete.

    Please follow the below link to run disk cleanup:

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us...-996f-99e02c7301c2/disk-cleanup-in-windows-10

    Kindly update us on the issue to assist you further.

    Thank You.
     
    Swetha Sree, Jul 1, 2018
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  4. DaveM121 Win User

    Looking for files/directories that Disk Cleanup scans...

    Disk Clean Up

    Hi Clive, use Disk Cleanup, it will only suggest and delete files and folders that are safe to delete . . .

    Open File Explorer

    Click on your hard drive

    On the Manage Tab, click Cleanup

    Let Disk Cleanup do its initial scan

    Select Everything in the list and choose Delete

    Start Disk Cleanup again

    Let Disk Cleanup do its initial scan

    This time in the resulting dialog, click 'Cleanup System Files'

    Let Disk Cleanup run another scan

    Select Everything in the list and choose Delete
     
    DaveM121, Jul 1, 2018
    #4
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