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How to perform enhanced Disk Cleanup on your Windows Operating System

The Windows Operating System tends to collect alot of junk files, programs, and temporary files that you don't need. After a while, these files can fill up your hard drive and slow your computer down.

Anyone can perform the standard Disk Cleanup by right clicking on their hard drive, selecting Properties, and then click the Disk Cleanup button, but who wants to be like everyone else?

To perform a more extensive Disk Cleanup on your Windows Operating System, and to look good in front of your friends, perform the following steps:

Step 1. Click Start and select Run.

Step 2. Type the following in the space provided:

Cleanmgr /sageset:1

Hit the Enter key

Step 3. The Disk Cleanup window will appear. Select all the options, then hit Apply and OK. The window will disappear, but what did you just do?

Well it is relatively simple. The cleanmgr.exe file controls the Disk Cleanup function. The /sageset argument is allowing you to set the options (the selections you made) and the :1 is the value or code you have assigned for the options of Disk Cleanup. But how do we get Disk Cleanup to run using the options we just saved? See Step 4.

Step 4. Click Start and select Run.

Step 5. In the space provided, type:

cleanmgr /sagerun:1

Hit Enter

Step 6. You guessed it. The /sagerun argument is telling cleanmgr.exe to execute value 1.

Step 7. The Disk Cleanup window will appear and begin to automatically perform a cleanup, using the settings you saved, represented by value 1.

Step 8. Do this a few times a week and your computer will stay relatively clean.

Stay tuned for the next Tip as we will setup a scheduled task using this command.

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