Disk Cleanup Not Working Windows 10/8/7? Here Are the Free and Easy Fixes!

Cedric Grantham updated on Apr 20, 2020 to Partition Manager | How-to Articles

Disk Cleanup is a utility built into Windows that is used to delete unnecessary and junk files from disks and make your computer run faster. Disk Cleanup is a very popular tool, and thus, Disk Cleanup not working on Windows 10/8/7 properly is a frequent problem for Windows users. Disk Cleanup can sometimes not respond/will freeze, or does not actually delete/remove files. If you are facing one of these problems, what to do? How to fix Disk Cleanup files to work effectively? Read on and use the free solutions offered here to get Disk Cleanup to work properly. 

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Potential approaches to Disk Cleanup not Working in Windows 10/8/7

The Best Alternative to Disk Cleanup on Windows 10/8/7

Built-in Windows tools are always the most secure of any utility you could use. But they can sometimes be hard to use and not be stable. In this case, you can get all of the qualities you need by using a third-party software to clean up junk files on your PC: EaseUS Tools M. This software enables you to optimize your system via junk file cleanup and large file cleanup.

What makes using EaseUS Tools M a great way to optimize a disk?

  • No command lines are needed
  • No need to clean files manually
  • No risk to delete wrong files mistakenly
  • All optimization features are consolidated into one program

It is powerful and completely free, so download and have a try. In this way, you won't have to worry about Disk Cleanup troubles anymore.

Step 1. DOWNLOAD and install EaseUS Tools M. Select "System Cleanup" on the main screen.

click system cleanup

Step 2. Select the type of junk files you want to scan and click "Analyze".

analyze junk files

Step 3. Identify and select useless files and click "Clean up" to remove those files from your PC or laptop.

click clean up to remove junk files

Possible solutions to Disk Cleanup Not Working in Windows 10/8/7

When you run Disk Cleanup to remove junk files, it may work not work correctly. Disk Cleanup could not delete files or completely freeze up. To troubleshoot these issues, try the quick fixes blow. 

Fix 1. Use Windows Update Troubleshooter

On Windows 7

1. Click the "Start" menu, then type "troubleshooting" in the search box and select "Troubleshooting".
2. Find "System and Security" and choose "Fix problems with Windows Update". Then, click "Advanced".
3. Select "Run as administrator", and ensure the checkbox next to "Apply repairs automatically" is selected.
4. Click "Next" and wait for the process to complete. After this, restart your computer and run the Disk Cleanup again.

On Windows 8/8.1

1. Press and hold Windows +W. Type and search for Troubleshooting. 
2. Click on "View all" on the left sidebar. Find and click "Windows update".
3. Click "Advanced" > "Run as Administrator" > "Next". Then, follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process. When this is finished, restart your computer and rerun Disk Cleanup.

On Windows 10

Go to "Settings" > "Update & Security" > "Troubleshooter" > select and run the troubleshooter. Then, reboot your computer and run the Disk Cleanup again.

Fix 2. Run an SFC Scan

1. Press and hold Windows+X and select "Command Prompt (Admin)" from the pop-up. 
2. Type sfc /scannow, and then follow the screen instructions to finish the scan.  After the scan, reboot your computer and Disk cleanup again.

Fix 3. Delete Temporary Files 

If you have a corrupted temporary file on the computer, the Disk Cleanup won’t work well. You can try to delete the temporary files to fix the problem. 

1. Go to "Start" menu, type %temp%, and press Enter.
2. Select all the temp files, right-click and select "Delete". Then, restart your computer and rerun Disk Cleanup to check if this solved the problem.

As you can see from the above contents, although you can use the three quick fixes to repair Disk Cleanup not working in Windows 10/8/7, you need to either use the command prompt or manually remove the files, which may lead to more severe issues if you do anything wrong accidentally. Therefore, to avoid any unexpected risk, we highly recommend you use EaseUS Partition Master Free to quickly solve low disk space and resize partitions on hard drives in Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP. 

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Will the "Migrate OS" feature transfer the Windows system files only or the whole C drive?

To ensure that the migrated system will boot normally, the Migrate OS feature will transfer all the files in the system and the boot partitions. Generally, the boot partition is the C drive so the transfer will include all the files in C.

Does EaseUS Partition Master license apply to multiple computers?

The license of Partition Master Professional and Server editions can be used on 1 computer only, while that for for the Technician and Unlimited editions can be used on multiple machines.

What is the difference between EaseUS Partition Master Trial version and the Free version?

Free is for home users only, with most basic functions available such as partition resize and clone. While trial can help you understand how this product works and test what a full license can do on a business or server OS machine.

Will it cause any data loss after resizing the partition in EaseUS Partition Master?

Generally, it will not cause any data loss or boot issue by resizing a partition. However, in order to protect your data, we suggest that you backup the partition before resizing, in case of any unexpected situations such as power outages, computer hardware failures, etc. You can use EaseUS Todo Backup to backup the partition and its trial version is fully functioned for 30 days.

What should I prepare before resizing the partition?

On the partition that is going to be operated, there might be some files being occupied by other programs. To ensure a successful operation, we suggest that you close all the unnecessary software before resizing that partition. Otherwise, EaseUS Partition Master will detect the partition being locked by the other software and require a reboot to resize the partition under boot mode.

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