Windows 10: OS C Drive wont let me delete files with disk cleanup

Discus and support OS C Drive wont let me delete files with disk cleanup in Windows 10 Performance & Maintenance to solve the problem; [img] [img] Ive ran into an issue with the C drive as im trying to free up space I can select different file folders but when i click delete it does... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Performance & Maintenance' started by Derek2332, May 2, 2019.

  1. Derek2332 Win User

    OS C Drive wont let me delete files with disk cleanup


    OS C Drive wont let me delete files with disk cleanup [​IMG]

    OS C Drive wont let me delete files with disk cleanup [​IMG]


    Ive ran into an issue with the C drive as im trying to free up space I can select different file folders but when i click delete it does absolutely nothing ive also noticed i can delete manually but id rather not because when its deleted from C drive but the same file is on another it will delete it there aswell any help would be greatly appreciated

    :)
     
    Derek2332, May 2, 2019
    #1
  2. DaveM121 Win User

    disk cleanup

    Hi joysoder, to properly and safely delete any files not required by your system, run Disk Cleanup twice as explained below. Each time select everything in the list and delete them. Disk Cleanup will not suggest deleting anything that is not 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, May 2, 2019
    #2
  3. DaveM121 Win User
    In Disk Cleanup, should I delete Thumbnails?

    Hi Marcia

    The correct way to run disk cleanup is explained below, you need to run it twice and yes, delete everything suggested by Disk Cleanup:

    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, May 2, 2019
    #3
  4. OS C Drive wont let me delete files with disk cleanup

    DISK CLEANUP

    Hello,



    Thank you for writing to Microsoft Community Forums.



    1. Which files are you trying to delete using disk clean up?
    2. Which version of Windows are you currently using?


    Please reply back with the information to the above questions in order to provide you with appropriate troubleshooting steps:



    I understand that you are trying to free up memory using Disk Cleanup. If you are trying to delete files using disk cleanup on Windows 10, I suggest you to refer the following article on

    Disk cleanup in Windows 10
    for steps to perform disk clean up on your PC.



    Hope it helps.



    Sandeep Kumar M

    Microsoft Community – Moderator
     
    Sandeep_KM, May 2, 2019
    #4
Thema:

OS C Drive wont let me delete files with disk cleanup

Loading...
  1. OS C Drive wont let me delete files with disk cleanup - Similar Threads - Drive wont let

  2. OS C Drive wont let me delete files with disk cleanup

    in Windows 10 Support
    OS C Drive wont let me delete files with disk cleanup: [img] [img] Ive ran into an issue with the C drive as im trying to free up space I can select different file folders but when i click delete it does absolutely nothing ive also noticed i can delete manually but id rather not because when its deleted from C drive but the...
  3. COMPRESSING OS DRIVE NOT WORKING ON DISK CLEANUP

    in Windows 10 Network and Sharing
    COMPRESSING OS DRIVE NOT WORKING ON DISK CLEANUP: I need more space to update windows, the disk clean up offers me more than enough space if I compress my OS drive but it will not compress the drive and I am continually unable to update windows 10. No matter what I do there is not enough space on my basic hard drive, only...
  4. Remove "Compress OS Drive" and "Downloaded files" from Disk Cleanup

    in Windows 10 Network and Sharing
    Remove "Compress OS Drive" and "Downloaded files" from Disk Cleanup: Is this the right place for suggestions? Recently, Microsoft added two really not-well-thought-out features to Disk Cleanup which is Compress OS Drive and Downloaded files. I shouldn't have to explain why these are both bad ideas. Compress OS drive saves little space and...
  5. Disk Cleanup (compress OS drive) problem

    in Windows 10 Performance & Maintenance
    Disk Cleanup (compress OS drive) problem: Hi guys and gurus. Been giving my self yet another headache :/ Ran disk cleanup this evening, something I don't do as often as I should and discovered the 'compress OS drive' issue. Only as per usual only after it was too late. Selected to delete this thinking it was some...
  6. Disk Cleanup (compress OS drive) problem

    in Windows 10 Support
    Disk Cleanup (compress OS drive) problem: Hi guys and gurus. Been giving my self yet another headache :/ Ran disk cleanup this evening, something I don't do as often as I should and discovered the 'compress OS drive' issue. Only as per usual only after it was too late. Selected to delete this thinking it was some...
  7. compress os drive -disk cleanup

    in Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware
    compress os drive -disk cleanup: hello i have an option to compress my os(c)(solid state) drive which saves me 21Gb how does this work could any issues arise from doing it? https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/all/compress-os-drive-disk-cleanup/bf92056b-bbb1-45b7-907a-ccd3f949213a
  8. "Compress your OS drive" under Disk Cleanup

    in Windows 10 BSOD Crashes and Debugging
    "Compress your OS drive" under Disk Cleanup: Hello, while I was conducting a disk cleanup I noticed a large amount of 10 GB under "Compress your OS Drive." After it was finished the 10 GB was still there. I have tried it several times and it just doesn't clean up. Any thoughts? [ATTACH]...
  9. Disk cleanup, how to delete specific file

    in Windows 10 Performance & Maintenance
    Disk cleanup, how to delete specific file: I know how to add custom entries in disk cleanup, but is their a way to delete a specific file not folder? 125176
  10. Disk cleanup, how to delete specific file

    in Windows 10 Support
    Disk cleanup, how to delete specific file: I know how to add custom entries in disk cleanup, but is their a way to delete a specific file not folder? 125176