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The end of Disk Cleanup? Free Up Space Now appears in Windows 10 Settings

Disk Cleanup is a handy system utility that is built-in to Windows. It can be used to delete temporary files, some logs, the Recycle Bin, and previous Windows installations.

The latter is extremely useful, as it allows you to free up Gigabytes of disk space after upgrades. Windows keeps a copy of the previous version of Windows on the disk after upgrades to provide rollback functionality.

Microsoft introduced the Disk Cleanup tool in Windows 7. Disk Cleanup was never as good at freeing up disk space than third-party solutions such as CCleaner, but the built-in nature of the tool made it useful in situations where third-party programs cannot be used.

Windows 10: Free up space now

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Windows 10 Version 1803, the Spring Creators Update version of the operating system, comes with a new "free up space now" option in the Settings application that replicates the functionality of Disk Cleanup.

Here is how you open the new tool:

  1. Use the keyboard shortcut Windows-I to open the Settings application.
  2. Go to System > Storage.
  3. Activate "free up space now" on the page.

The utility runs a scan when you open it and displays its findings in the interface. This works similarly to how Disk Cleanup handles this but with the difference that system files such as previous Windows installations are included by default.

Tip: You can run Disk Cleanup in clean up system files mode automatically as well.

Some file locations are selected by default, others are not. The list of locations and descriptions appear to be identical for all supported file locations. A minor difference between both tools is that Free up disk space omits locations with 0 bytes.

Disk Cleanup is still part of Windows 10 version 1803. You can run it just like before, and use it or the Settings application.

Closing Words

Microsoft revealed back when it released Windows 10 that it had plans to move all Control Panel items to the Settings application, and that it wanted to migrate tools to Settings as well.

The process is still ongoing and if the company keeps the current pace, it will probably take a decade or more before all Control Panel items are moved to the Settings app.

As for Disk Cleanup, it is unclear if Microsoft plans to remove the program from Windows 10. Considering that it moved the functionality to the Settings app in the Spring Creators Update, it seems likely that this is going to be the case.

Now You: Do you use Disk Cleanup or third-party tools?

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  1. Sophie said on April 4, 2018 at 12:39 pm
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    Personally, I keep such a tidy and well organised PC, that I would very rarely – if ever – need an external or even a built-in tool to perform that. I know where everything is, and everything has a purpose.

    However, not sure that everything Microsoft are doing has a purpose!!!! ;-)

    1. gerald brennan said on April 8, 2018 at 2:30 pm
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      Sorry, Sophie. MS doesn’t clean up after itself very well will dirty things up on its own during many operations. Occasional maintenance is good.

  2. Jessica said on April 4, 2018 at 1:01 pm
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    The Disk Cleanup utility was introduced in Windows 98, not Windows 7.

    1. James said on April 7, 2018 at 9:01 am
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      I concur

  3. pat said on April 4, 2018 at 1:34 pm
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    I recently noticed that Edge doesn’t delete cookies (since v1709?) despite the options available in its settings, CCleaner can’t do that either and in addition, adds cookies from Avast!
    Finally Privazer does.

    1. widdle whambo said on April 5, 2018 at 3:17 pm
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      CTRL+SHIFT+DEL in your browser should delete the cookies. Just make sure the appropriate box is ticked.

  4. dark said on April 4, 2018 at 2:26 pm
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    Microsoft turned it into Android looking UI lol.

    1. Anonymous said on April 4, 2018 at 7:06 pm
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      I agree except its worse since it’s all monochrome and spaced out.

  5. Sophie said on April 4, 2018 at 2:28 pm
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    1. Heimen Stoffels said on April 4, 2018 at 5:41 pm
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      gHacks is pulling a Twitter stunt lol. I frequently see that stuff happening on Twitter. For example, a tweet shows it has 7 likes but there are only 3 showing. Or there are 2 likes but none showing.

  6. Jody Thornton said on April 4, 2018 at 3:26 pm
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    It was there long before Windows 7. I think Disk Cleanup came about in Windows 98.

  7. Anonymous said on April 4, 2018 at 5:39 pm
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    It’s just Disk Cleanup with new UI.. Possibily with less features than Disk Cleanup

  8. Weilan said on April 4, 2018 at 5:57 pm
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    Not bad, but it doesn’t look powerful enough tocreplace 3rd party cleaners. Sure the old Disc Cleanup could clean old installations, but if I understand this correctly, it’s the Windows.old folder on C:\, then it can be deleted manually.

    1. Daniel said on April 6, 2018 at 1:12 am
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      No. If you try to delete it manually you will get an error.

  9. jupe said on April 4, 2018 at 6:27 pm
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    Honestly I think there are better things they could be spending their time on rather than replicating already available features.

  10. Yuliya said on April 4, 2018 at 7:51 pm
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    The normal Disk Cleanup has the ability to delete Shadow Copies: imgur.com/g89UVL7
    Can the new Settings page do this?

  11. Jeff said on April 5, 2018 at 12:21 am
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    Really awful layout. The old disk clean up looks million times better compared to this modern trash.

  12. Anonymous said on April 10, 2018 at 11:01 pm
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    Disk Cleanup, reboot, then an old util called CleanUp 4.52 keeps things nice and clean. Just run CleanUp in demo mode first.

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