Using Windows 2000 Disk Cleanup
Disk Cleanup helps free up space on your hard drive. Disk Cleanup searches your drive, and then shows you temporary files, Internet cache files, and unnecessary program files that you can safely delete. You can direct Disk Cleanup to delete some or all of those files.
To Open Disk Cleanup
- To open a system tools item, click Start, point to Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Disk Cleanup.
Removing unneeded files
When running a system as complex as Windows 2000 on your computer, you may ot always know the significance of all the files on your computer. Sometimes Windows 2000 uses files for a specific operation and then retains them in a folder designated for temporary files. You may have previously installed Windows 2000 components that you are no longer using. For a variety of reasons, including running out of space on your hard drive, you may want to reduce the number of files on your disk, or create more free space, if it can be done without harming any of your programs.
Use the Windows 2000 Disk Cleanup wizard to perform all of the following tasks to clear space on your hard disk:
- Remove temporary Internet files.
- Remove any downloaded program files (ActiveX controls and Java applets downloaded from the Internet).
- Empty the Recycle Bin.
- Remove Windows 2000 temporary files.
- Remove Windows 2000 components that you are not using.
- Remove installed programs that you no longer use.
See also: Using the Windows 2000 Recycle Bin.
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