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Disk Cleanup - skip scanning compress old files

Posted on 2006-07-13
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We've all seen this before:
I'm working with a Win2k-sp4 laptop
I'm trying to speed up a healthy computer by running the basics: MS updates, disk cleanup, defrag - all the built-in basics.

When I run Disk Cleanup one of the first things it looks at for saving space is Compress old files.  The computer is a couple years old, so not a bad idea as I could probably gain a GB of disk space or more.  However, because it is so old there seems to be a LOT of old files...it's been scanning those for some 10 minutes already.  So is there a way to have it skip that part of the cleanup?  I know that once it finishes the scan you can choose not to compress them, but I'd like to bypass the scanning: Compress old files part.

If not, I'm open to freeware suggestions.

Thanks guys.
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Hi Geisrud,
yes you can do it!
Automating Disk Cleanup
While you can de-junk a volume manually by right-clicking on it in My Computer, selecting Properties, and clicking on Disk Cleanup in the General tab, a much better way to maintain your disks is to automate the cleaning process. Click on Start -> Run; then type cleanmgr /sageset:1 and click on OK. This opens a Settings dialog that lets you specify which kinds of files you want to automatically delete when Disk Cleanup runs (Figure 2):

The rest of the detail is at
http://www.windowsdevcenter.com/pub/a/windows/2005/01/18/disk_cleanup.html
and you can configure pretty much everything for this utility

Cheers!
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by:Geisrud
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You da MAN!!!!

Thanks.  My Comp finally finished it's scan after running for 20+ minutes.
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You're welcome
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