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The Disk Cleanup experience (“cleanmgr.exe”) is being deprecated. We’re retaining the Disk Cleanup tool for compatibility reasons. There’s no need to worry since Storage Sense’s functionality is a superset of what the legacy Disk Cleanup provides!

Aniket Naravanekar, Microsoft
(22 Votes)

Microsoft will be soon removing the Disk Clean-up Tool (Cleanmgr.exe) from Windows 10 PCs. It is a Windows system tool which lets you delete the unwanted files cluttered in your PC thereby freeing some space on your disk drive

Disk Cleanup isn’t going away immediately but is on its way out the door. Microsoft says it will keep the utility around for compatibility reasons.

Whatever version of Windows you’re using, Disk Cleanup has always worked the same way. Right-click a drive, select “Properties,” and then click the “Disk Cleanup” button to launch it. It still works the same way on Windows 10 today. You can also just launch it from the Start menu or run the cleanmgr.exe program.

When Microsoft says Disk Cleanup is “deprecated” starting with the October 2018 update, that means it’s been replaced by a new tool. Windows 10 version 1803 new build came up with the Storage Sense functionality earlier this year and it works more or less same as the Disk Cleanup Tool. 

The UI of Storage Sense is gigantic whereas Disk Clean-up is tiny. This circumstance bothered me a lot and that's how I got down to work. The result is Cleanmgr+, currently in a very early beta stage (cited date 29 January).

Cleanmgr+ Stable is already available.

It should be a true to original copy, which brings next to a slim and modern UI additional features (hence the +), such as the feeding with Custom scripts i.e, to clean a Browser cache etc. There are many Disk Cleaner utilities out there. My goal is again to create a tool that uses Windows own resources, so that really only system-compliant actions are performed.


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