Automated cleanup of Temp files, Internet files, downloaded files, recycle bin (XP).

Syntax CLEANMGR option Options /d driveletter: - Select the drive that you want Disk Cleanup to clean. /sageset:n - Display the Disk Cleanup Settings dialog box and create a registry key to store the settings you select. The n value is stored in the registry and allows you to specify different tasks for Disk Cleanup to run. n can be any integer from 0 to 65535. Specify the %systemroot% drive to see all the available options. /sagerun:n - Run task 'n' All drives in the computer will be enumerated, and the selected profile will be run against each drive. Only one of the 3 options above can be run at a time Examples CLEANMGR /sageset:64 CLEANMGR /sagerun:64

Options that can be chosen for cleanup:

Temporary Internet Files

Temporary Setup Files

Downloaded Program Files

Old Chkdsk Files

Recycle Bin

Temporary Files

Temporary Offline Files

Offline Files

Compress Old Files

Catalog Files for the Content Indexer

Items in bold may appear in more than one drive i.e not just in %SystemRoot%

If you want to choose the options automatically, without any user interaction then run a registry script like this


REGEDIT /S cleanmgr.reg

CLEANMGR /sagerun:64

Other items you may want to clear out...

Application Data

Most files in Application Data are things like browser bookmark files - best left alone.

However some applications (e.g. MS Access) leave large files in application data which you probably don't need in a roaming profile, these can be selectively deleted with a batch script like this.

Recent files

To clear the shortcuts for Start, Documents

cd %userprofile%\Recent

echo y| del *.*

Notice that the 'Recent' folder may contain many more shortcuts than are set to display under Start, Documents.

Locked files (Typically IE temp files or the Offline cache)

This works on any version of NT, 2000 or XP

Close all applications

Open a command prompt

Click Start, and then Shut Down

Simultaneously press CTRL+SHIFT+ALT.

While you keep these keys pressed, click Cancel in the Shut Down Windows dialog box.

In the command prompt window, navigate to the cache location, and delete all files from the folder (DEL /s)

At the command prompt, type explorer, and then press ENTER.

"Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you." - Ezekiel 36:25