Disk Clean-up

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Trtlgrl2_78

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Anyone tell me why my computer will not run disk clean up? It opens like it's going to run, gets three little green bars like it's working, but then it doesn't go any further??
 

flavallee

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Uncheck "Compress old files" before you allow Disk Cleanup to start its cleanup process. That can cause it to slow down greatly or freeze up. You do not need to use this option anyway.
 
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SYMPTOMS
When you try to compress old files, the Disk Cleanup tool may stop responding and you may receive the following message:

Disk Cleanup is calculating how much space you will be able to free on (C:).
This may take a few minutes to complete.
Scanning: Compress old files
CAUSE

This problem occurs when there is an incorrect entry in the registry that is used by the Disk Cleanup utility to locate compressed files.
WORKAROUND
Warning If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

To work around this problem, follow these steps:
Click Start, and then click Run.
Type regedit in the Open box, and then press ENTER.
Locate, and then click the following registry key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\VolumeCaches

On the File menu, click Export, and then click Desktop, type VolumeCaches in the File name box, and then click Save.

Note This step creates a backup of the VolumeCaches registry key. If you experience any problems after you complete the steps that are listed in this procedure, you can use this backup to restore the VolumeCaches key to its original state. To restore the key, double-click the VolumeCaches.reg file on your desktop, and then click Yes.
Expand the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\VolumeCaches
Delete the Compress old files registry key.
Quit Registry Editor.
 

flavallee

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When the Disk Cleanup window opens up with the list of options, doesn't it have an option for "Compress old files"?

If it doesn't, try this:

Click Start - Run, type in cleanmgr /sageset:1, then click OK. When the Disk Cleanup window appears, place a checkmark in all the options that appear, close the window, then reboot.

Click Start - Run, type in cleanmgr /sagerun:1, then click OK. When the Disk Cleanup window appears, see if more options appear now - including "Compress old files".
 

crjdriver

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Here is a link to a utility I install on all of my builds. It does a great job cleaning junk files and will allow you to save some cookies that you want to keep like home page cookie etc.
 
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