How to Run Disk Cleanup in Safe Mode on Windows

By M. Alanna White

Routine maintenance is a vital part of being a PC owner. With proper maintenance you optimize performance, increase memory, and increase the overall speed of your PC. Routine maintenance includes updating your system regularly, and running anti-virus programs and spyware removers. As a Windows user, you also have access to the Disk Cleanup tool. Disk Cleanup will eliminate wasted memory space by deleting and removing files and programs you no longer need.

Things You'll Need

  • Windows PC

Step 1

Reboot your Windows PC. As soon as you hear the beep indicating that Windows is starting, hit the "F8" key. This will start Windows in Safe Mode. Select "Yes" when asked if you want to start Windows in Safe Mode.

Step 2

Select "All Programs" located in your Start Menu. Scroll up and select "Accessories." Select "System Tools" located within Accessories, then scroll down and select "Disk Cleanup."

Step 3

Select the drive to be cleaned from the drop-down list in the Select Drive dialog box. Select "OK." Disk Cleanup will calculate how much disk space can be cleaned up from the file categories within the drive you select. Once Disk Cleanup has completed this calculation and analysis of the drive, the Disk Cleanup dialog box will load and inform you how much space can be freed up.

Step 4

Select the check box next to each file category in which you would like Disk Cleanup to delete. There is a listing beside each category indicating how much space is being used up by each file category. Once you have selected all files to be deleted, select "OK." Disk Cleanup will delete the files in the categories you selected. Once finished, close Disk Cleanup and restart Windows normally.

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