Tuesday, August 5, 2014

How to enable the Disk Cleanup tool on Windows Server 2008 R2

For some odd reason Microsoft decided to leave this feature disabled by default, and place it within a optional feature set called "Desktop Experience".

If your hard drive is getting full and you wish to do a disk cleanup, there are two ways to enable the Disk Cleanup tool. We recommend using option #2 below for several reasons:

- Installing the Desktop Experience feature will not only install Disk Cleanup, but a lot of other utilities you likely don't need on a server (sound recorder, desktop themes, etc).

- Installing the Desktop Experience feature will require a server reboot


How to enable the Disk Cleanup tool:

1) Go to Programs & Features, and in the Features section, enable/install "Desktop Experience". The downside to this is that you will need to reboot your server after installing this and it installs other components you do not need on a server.


2) [RECOMMENDED] - All you really need to do is copy some files that are already located on your server into specific system folders, as described at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff630161(WS.10).aspx


The location of the files you need to copy depend on your version of Windows:


Once you have located the files move them to the following locations:

Copy Cleanmgr.exe to %systemroot%\System32
Copy Cleanmgr.exe.mui to %systemroot%\System32\en-US.

You can now launch the Disk cleanup tool by running Cleanmgr.exe from the command prompt.

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