CCleaner 3.20 update brings Windows 8 Support, Context Menu Editor

Martin Brinkmann
Jun 25, 2012
Software, Windows, Windows software

Our all-time favorite temporary file cleaning tool CCleaner has just been updated by its parent company Piriform. CCleaner 3.2 introduces several improvements over previous versions, including full support for Microsoft's Windows 8 Release Preview, and a new context menu editor that allows you to manage third party context menu items in the program interface.

Existing users of CCleaner can check for updates from within the program window, or download the latest version directly from the Piriform website. Here it is as usually offered as a setup or portable version (if you click on the builds page link at the bottom of the page).

Most of the changes in this release, besides the already mentioned ones, have been under the hood changes that improve or add compatibility with programs like Opera 12, Firefox Aurora or Google Chrome Canary. The developers furthermore have improved several program modules like the Task Scheduler or duplicate detection algorithm. You can read up on all the changes in this release by following the link posted above.

To access the new context menu editor, you need to click on Tools > Startup, and there on the Context Menu tab. Here you see a list of third party Windows Explorer context menu items that you can disable or delete.

context menu ccleaner

Disabling basically hides the context menu item when you right-click, which may be the way to go forward if you are not sure if you still need - or may need - the context menu item at a later point in time.

Program, publisher, file and key information are displayed for each item, so that it is quite easy to identify the items in the context menu. Most of the remaining improvements have just been added to the core program. This includes the previously mentioned Windows 8 and Opera 12 support, as well as improved history cleaning for Aurora and Canary.


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  1. Martin said on March 12, 2023 at 3:05 pm

    An even quicker way to open Task Manager is by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc.

  2. archie bald said on March 12, 2023 at 4:32 pm

    Win+Pause used to be the goto shortcut for me since… W95… Ms recently hijacked it and you now get Sysinfo. Device manager is still accessible this way: the second to last link at the bottom.

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