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XP Home - Disk Cleanup.exe has gone missing

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by r0sebud, Jul 26, 2007.

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  1. r0sebud

    r0sebud Thread Starter

    Jul 7, 2007
    I know it was here at my last login, but Disk Cleanup is no longer listed in Programs>>Accessories>>System Tools, and the shortcut that I had placed on my Desktop is gone as well. This is the second PC on my in-home network, running XP Home edition, that this has happened to within the last 9 months - I have Norton Internet Security (all current and up to date) on all three boxes - anybody know what 's going on?:confused:
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  3. Blackmirror


    Dec 5, 2006
  4. r0sebud

    r0sebud Thread Starter

    Jul 7, 2007
    The Disk Cleanup button is on the Properties window, but it hung when I tried to run it.
    This command "Restore Disk Cleanup - cleanmgr (Line 84)" seems to have restored the default settings on my sound card...Disk Cleanup is still not listed in Programs>>Accessories>>System Tools.
  5. CCT


    Jul 23, 2007
    do a search for cleanmgr.32 - it should be in C:\windows\system32

    If it is, right click it and then create shortcut and then go to the end of the system32 list and right click the new shortcut, click 'cut', then paste it to your Desktop.

    edit: then go to Start, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools and Right Click on System Tools then click open then paste there also.

    Rename the new entry to Disk Cleanup
  6. cybob2000


    Apr 25, 2008
    1. If you right-click a drive, select Properties, then select the Tools tab, you'll see buttons for backing up and defragmenting your disk. On the General tab, you'll also see a button labeled Disk Cleanup. By default, Win2K and later run the following programs for Disk Cleanup:
    - Disk cleanup--C:\Windows\system32\cleanmgr.exe /D %c
    2. Navigate to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entVersion\Explorer\MyComputer
    registry subkey. Under the subkey are three keys: BackupPath, cleanuppath, and DefragPath. Under each of these keys, the (Default) value specifies the program to be used. If any of the keys don't exist (by default, BackupPath doesn't exist in Win2K), go to the Edit menu; select New, Key; then enter the name of the missing key under the MyComputer subkey.
    3. Double-click the (Default) value under the path you want to modify, change the value to reflect the program you want to use, (C:\Windows\system32\cleanmgr.exe /D %c) then click OK.
    4. Close the registry editor.
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