Disk Cleanup Tool in Windows XP

The Disk Cleanup tool helps you free up space on your hard disk by searching your disk for files that you can safely delete. You can choose to delete some or all of the files. Use Disk Cleanup to perform any of the following tasks to free up space on your hard disk:

  •  Remove temporary Internet files.
  •  Remove downloaded program files. For example, ActiveX controls and Java applets that are downloaded from the Internet.
  •  Empty the Recycle Bin.
  •  Remove Windows temporary files.
  •  Remove optional Windows components that you are not using.
  •  Remove installed programs that you no longer use.

You can start Disk Cleanup, by doing any of the following:

• Click Start, and then click Run. In the Open box, type cleanmgr, and then click OK.
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• Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Disk Cleanup.
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• In Windows Explorer or My Computer, right-click the disk in which you want to free up space, click Properties, click the General tab, and then click Disk Cleanup

For more information about XP Disk Cleanup Tool and how to use it, you can check the following article about the XP built-in Disk Cleaner:

Description of the Disk Cleanup Tool in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310312/en-us

The main functions are:

  • Remove Files Stored on Your Hard Disk
  • Remove Windows Components
  • Remove Installed Programs
  • Remove Restore Points

You don't install any extra software to use the disk cleanup tool in Windows XP. This disk cleaner is a built-in tool in XP and you can directly use it.