Cleanmgr+ is a Disk Cleanup alternative

Martin Brinkmann
Feb 4, 2019
Updated • Feb 4, 2019
Software, Windows software

Cleanmgr+ is a new software program for Windows by the maker of CloneApp and CloneApp UA. Microsoft revealed during the release of Windows 10 version 1809, the October 2018 Update, that it deprecated the Windows' Disk Cleanup program.

The company started to move functionality from the Win32 program Disk Cleanup -- also known as cleanmgr -- to the Settings application in Windows 10 version 1803. While Disk Cleanup is still included in Windows 10 version 1809, deprecation means that it won't receive new features anymore and will be removed from the operating system eventually.

Microsoft did included the ability to clear the downloads folder recently indicating that Disk Cleanup is not dead.


Cleanmgr is an attempt to replicate Disk Cleanup functionality. It is offered as a beta version at the time of writing and you may run into issues downloading or executing it.

Chrome, the browser I used to download the program, blocked the download initially and I had to allow it manually to complete.

The application displays its options in two tabs in the main interface. Veteran Windows users who use Disk Cleanup regularly will notice that it replicates many but not all of the cleanup options that Disk Cleanup offers currently, and that it offers some options that Disk Cleanup does not offer.

The Windows section lists 21 different cleaning options; that's four more than Disk Cleanup offers. Important options -- Windows Update Cleanup, the deletion of previous Windows installations, clearing of temporary files, or the emptying of the Recycle Bin -- are available.

Some options, the cleaning of Language Resource Files or Device Driver Packages, are not supported in the beta version that I ran.

A click on More displays additional cleanup options including those not supported by Disk Cleanup. Cleanmgr+ supports the cleaning of browser caches -- Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Vivaldi and Opera at the time of writing -- and some extra cleaning options such as clearing the Windows Icon Cache or MUICache.

Just check individual items that you want to clean and hit the preview button to make a dry run. The application displays information about the cleanup if you would run it on the device.

The selection of clean-up starts the process; the program displays a log of events and highlights what is being cleaned and the gain in space on the device.

The Settings display some options that you may find interesting. You may use them to enable the display of descriptions to better understand the cleaning options. You may also enable the inclusion of Windows Disk Cleanup which will load Disk Cleanup for as long as it is still there so that you may run the cleanup using it as well (even with automation), and may include a custom cleaner next to that,

MajorGeeks produced a quick overview video of the application. Go check it out below:

Closing Words

Cleanmgr+ is offered as a beta version currently. The program is promising already as it replicates most of the functionality of Disk Cleanup.

Some areas need to be improved to make it a true successor though: increase the size of the sidebar that lists the items so that they show up fully. Maybe add an option to compact the left sidebar with the options to make more room for the other sidebars.

The main thing that it is missing right now is information about the storage space that each of the data sets occupies on disk currently.

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  1. Amir said on March 20, 2020 at 2:23 am

    Martin, Cleanmgr+ got updated according to the nice website I follow:

  2. Anonymous said on October 20, 2019 at 4:06 am

    When I ran Cleanmgr+ in the present version ( on 20 October 2019) in AppData/Local/VirtualStore a map is added: Windows/SoftwareDistribution and Windows/Temp .

    I deleted it, however came back after rerun of Cleanmgr+.

    I find this rather suspect !! Something to worry about??

  3. Keith said on August 16, 2019 at 5:11 am

    Best & fastest disk cleaner I’ve used is Wise Disk Cleaner. It’s free and a portable version is available. Majorgeeks also reviewed it.

  4. Rush said on June 6, 2019 at 5:19 pm

    v1.2 with major improvements is out!

    Changelog v1.2.0.622
    – Added support for BranchCache (BranchCache service is disabled by default on Windows 7/8/8.1/10 Clients)
    – Optimized Space to gain function in +more tab/Scripting engine (faster calculation which
    fixes also bug in recursive calculation)
    – Added support for User File History (on Windows 8/8.1/10)
    – Revised Theme function (tab color can also be changed)
    – Added support for Google Chrome History (Script, shipped by default), Mozilla Firefox History (Script), Windows Shadow Copies (Script). Optional Script files can be found here
    – Optimized support for Mozilla Firefox Cache (Script)
    – Optimized log output
    – Fitted UI of description field (thanks to community for the note)
    – Updated Scripting engine to v0.6.4
    – Numerous minor UI Improvements
    – Numerous minor bug fixes

    The German edition is only compatible with the latest German data set, which can be downloaded here.

    Please DO NOT use the windata.ini from previous versions!

  5. Rush said on April 16, 2019 at 8:56 am
  6. Viktor Kovács said on April 16, 2019 at 8:49 am

    Thanks for the quick information.I also uploaded the website you provided and for some reason the wrong file was uploaded to Mirror1.I downloaded the download link again and the good file came.

  7. Rush said on April 15, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    Where do you have this file? Overlayed .EXE?
    SHA-256 cea2e1907777b830be94f7c96be2b3ab2b1923c5b7dde3b90ae25a24f0f954c3
    Compilation Timestamp 1992-06-19 22:22:17
    Something is wrong here. I wouldn’t use it.

    Here is the right one
    SHA-256 f36e8ab0c2716123a5a08cc00688a69700f8cc55ce3bc33034090b69ca9eecf7
    Compilation Timestamp 2019-04-10 14:05:51

    Downloaded from
    Also hitting some false positives, but the file is clean

  8. Viktor Kovács said on April 14, 2019 at 3:58 pm
  9. Jon said on February 25, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    So the final is out. Are there any objections not to use it? Is it really stable? A few more word would be helpful. I’m still wary but if it is based upon MS Disk cleanup it could be the right thing

  10. Marcus said on February 18, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    A comparison of Microsoft Disk Cleanup, Storage sense and this one would be great.
    Is Cleanmgr+ completely sufficient

  11. Steve said on February 16, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    Missed a step in my previous post (forgot to clean it up!)
    Still in the cmd window
    Dism.exe /online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup /ResetBase

    Make sure you take notice the warning in the documentation:

  12. Steve said on February 16, 2019 at 9:28 pm

    Hint: right click and item to get the option to clean individually.

    QUOTE: Added clean-up for Windows Component Store (WinSxS folder)

    QUOTE: Warning Deleting files from the WinSxS folder or deleting the entire WinSxS folder may severely damage your system so that your PC might not boot and make it impossible to update.

    Windows 10 users should be able to use DISM to reliably clean up WinSxS. Right-click Cmd and choose Run As Administrator. Enter the command
    Dism.exe /online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup.

    After that, get back to Cleanmgr+ right-click Windows Component Store and choose to run the Preview. I was wary about the long list of files after DISM cleanup.

  13. Johnston said on February 11, 2019 at 8:55 pm
  14. Marcus said on February 9, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    seems to do a good job. I like it so far

  15. CalixtoVWR1 said on February 7, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    It certainly looks promising, but I hate to install Beta Apps on my computer. I will wait for a stable release, i.e., when it is out of “Beta”.

    1. Robert said on February 16, 2019 at 12:10 pm

      just covered the stable 1.0 release from yesterday

      1. CalixtoVWR1 said on February 17, 2019 at 9:15 pm

        Thanks for the heads-up.

  16. Johnston said on February 7, 2019 at 10:29 am

    looking nice. I will never use ccleaner again, and the privazer ui is totally confusing.

  17. OldNavyGuy said on February 7, 2019 at 8:56 am

    Or, you could just use the cleanmgr command.

    To select what you want to clean –

    cleanmgr /sageset:99

    To clean what you selected –

    cleanmgr /sagerun

    Still works in Windows 10

  18. Robert said on February 6, 2019 at 5:17 pm

    Wow. Lot’s of people still using ccleaner. Avast made a good business investment. I prefer Privazeer. At least it wipes traces of internet activity by default unlike Ccleaner. Ccleaner just deletes files and folders by default.

  19. Jody Thornton said on February 6, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    Is this Windows 10 ONLY?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on February 6, 2019 at 4:26 pm

      Should work on older versions of Windows as well.

      1. Robert said on February 17, 2019 at 9:13 pm

        Quote from the Developer blog post about the latest Stable release

        “Cleanmgr+ requires Windows 10, 8.1, 8, including both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. I’m not supporting Windows 7, but tested it and committed to “It Just Works” compatibility.”

  20. Phylis Sophical said on February 5, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    Sounds promising. Let us know when it’s out of Beta

  21. James said on February 5, 2019 at 9:47 am

    wuhaaaa, hope i doesn’t call home like ccleaner.
    looks very polished

  22. Anonymous said on February 5, 2019 at 6:36 am

    How is this different from CCleaner portable? I know mainline CCleaner added phone-home functionality, but I believe this doesn’t apply to the portable version.

    1. Steve said on February 5, 2019 at 10:10 am

      I have the portable version of CCleaner with options set in a way that should maximize privacy. Windows Firewall Control tells me it tries to phone home in any case.

  23. Steve said on February 4, 2019 at 11:22 pm

    Only run it occasionally and backup first but DISM++ can be useful to clean up the rubbish in C:\Windows\WinSxS (all I use it for)

    Do I trust it? It cleared many Gb of space from WIinSxS on my small SSD Win 7 machine. T there were no issues apparent afterwards. However, it does phone home. I disallow that using Windows Firewall Control.

  24. NetCentric said on February 4, 2019 at 9:58 pm

    Wearing my marketing hat. There are a dozen popular cleaners already and I am wondering if there is something Cleanmgr+ does that they don’t do. I did not see anything specific in the article or video. You have told us what Cleanmgr+ does but my question is WHY should we consider it? Does it have some specific competitive edge?


    1. Anonymous said on February 5, 2019 at 6:28 am

      So what does this mean? Is Disk Cleanup staying until M$ decides otherwise, regardless of what happens in Settings, or is it going away?

    2. Lincoln said on February 4, 2019 at 11:05 pm

      How about they finish the settings app before deprecating a fully working tool? Everything in the settings app is half done and designed with touch screen in mind. Its horrible to work with.

  25. RossN said on February 4, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    I use cleanmgr, CCleaner, Bleachbit. I tend to alternate between them.
    Some years ago I found System Ninja to clean out the most junk, but one version screwed up my system so I haven’t tried it again.

    1. rubdel said on March 6, 2019 at 6:02 pm

      I also had an issue with jetcleaner. While it cleaned out my system junk, the booster addon removed the ability for other users on my system to get to their profiles in window 10. Had to do a system restore to get back access.

  26. Rush said on February 4, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    Sounds nice, hope it keeps its promises.

  27. Yuliya said on February 4, 2019 at 4:48 pm

    >Microsoft revealed during the release of Windows 10 version 1809, the October 2018 Update, that it deprecated the Windows’ Disk Cleanup program.
    LTSC and Server 2019 are filled with Win32 programs having messages about them going to be deprecated in the future, in favour of UWP crap. Fucking Microsoft… Snipping Tool, Paint, Calc32 half way broke, etc:
    Anything past LTSB and Server 2016 is absolute garbage!

    1. Bobby said on February 4, 2019 at 6:10 pm


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