The following tip provides you with information on how to speed up the loading of Disk Cleanup's "clean system files" option on Windows.
Disk Cleanup is a built-in tool on Windows devices that users may utilize to remove temporary data from the operating system.
Only part of what can be cleaned is listed when you run Disk Cleanup on a Windows machine. You can run the program by tapping on the Windows-key, typing Disk Cleanup, and selecting the option.
There you find the items listed for cleanup, and a button to clean up system files as well. If you click on that button, the whole process starts over to include system file locations as well.
Microsoft improved the process in the Windows 10 Creators Update. The option to select a drive was removed from the process, and the loading of the interface was improved as well.
We talked about one option to load the system files interface right away. It required running a command, and while you could create a shortcut for it to improve usability, it was not really liked by many users.
There is a different way however to load the system files version of Disk Cleanup right away.
All you need to do is hold down the Ctrl-key and the Shift-key before you select the option. So, tap on the Windows-key, type Disk Cleanup, hold down the Shift-key and Ctrl-key, and select the Disk Cleanup result.
Windows will take you to the full Disk Cleanup interface right away that includes system files. This works both when you run Disk Cleanup from the start menu, and when you run it from a drive's properties page.
You can right-click on any drive and select properties to open the drive's properties. There you find listed an option to run disk cleanup.
If you just click on the button, the regular Disk Cleanup interface is loaded. If you want to clean up system files as well, you'd have to click on the button to do so.
The tip mentioned above bypasses this and loads the interface right away.