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Clean Windows deep with Ccleaner and Disk Cleanup Tool

As with any Microsoft system that respects itself, the passing time is synonymous with overlogging of the OS. Temporary files, error reports, full recycle bin, cookies, application cache, invalid registry keys... the list is long of anything that can unnecessarily burden your PC. Even if you have a powerful machine, it is the hard drive that suffers the first consequences. A clean system thus allows faster access to files and thus better overall performance. So don't wait any more and read the rest of the tutorial!

Use Ccleaner, the cleaning professional

CCleaner is a free software available in a multitude of languages including French. Then why don't you take it away?

Download it at the following address:

CCleaner (2.5) MiB, 11,937 downloads)

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Screenshot — Ccleaner

Follow the usual installation procedure and then set the software as follows:

  • In the section Cleaner, check everything except for Menu Arrangement cache, Cache Size/Position of Windows, History User Assistant and Customising folders and files ;
    You will notice that this section is subdivided into 2 tabs Windows and Applications. For the part Applications, check based on your needs and uncheck MSN Messenger for example, if you do not want to delete login credentials;
  • In the section Register, do not hesitate to check everything, even if for caution it is preferable to make a backup of it before any manipulation (option proposed by default or activable in the Options). Note that I have never encountered any problems and you can use this program without moderation;
  • Section Tools is again divided into 2 parts.
    The first, Disinstallation programs, allows you to do the sameAdd/Delete Programs Windows do the same but also rename or delete an entry that would be invalid. Very convenient when a program uninstalls badly.
    The second, Start-up, is none other than msconfig.exe accessible from Execute. It allows you to choose which programs to launch when Windows boots. Be careful not to confuse with the file Start-up of start menu, even though Ccleaner also refers to the entries in this folder. Do not delete only programs that seem useless to you and those whose uninstall has not removed the boot entry (yes, it’s possible!). There are no lists of programs whose launch is unnecessary because choices are very subjective, but be aware that a limited number of programs will greatly speed up the start-up of the PC;
  • I let you discover the Options section which is full of interesting settings to configure as functions of your needs such as the exclusion of certain folders to be cleaned or the secure deletion of the type NSA...;

As you can see, Ccleaner is excellent at scouring the system in depth without compromising its integrity. However, some files can still be deleted allowing you to win up to several gigabytes!

Use Windows Vista Disk Cleaning feature

Present in previous versions of Windows, this convenient feature allows you to remove unnecessary files from the system. Although not exhaustive in its deletion choices, it gives the possibility to delete some files not accessible from Ccleaner (at least for the moment because this software is constantly evolving).

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Screenshot — Disk Cleaning
  • Right click on the volume you want to clean (the main partition in general) and then Properties ;
  • In the tab General, click on Disc Cleaning ;
  • Wait for a few moments to analyse the system;
  • Check according to your needs even if you can normally remove everything without problems. Do not hesitate to read the information specific to each of the options available.
    Thus, unlike Ccleaner, Windows Vista proposes to remove Archived Error Reports Files or even the Thumbnails of the folders ;
  • Once the choices have been made, please click on OK ;
  • The catering points are now to be dealt with. In fact, the function of System restoration occupies several gigabytes by default unless you have disabled or reduced it.
  • For this, go back to the utility of Disc Cleaning (I signal in passing that you can access it through the start menu by typing Disc Cleaning) and open the tab Other options ;
  • In the section System restoration and snapshots, click on Clean then validate by clicking on Remove ;

Perform these same operations for all the volumes on your PC.

We come to the end of this deep cleaning tutorial of Windows Vista. If you know any other tricks, don't hesitate to let me know in your comments!


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  • I use exactly this method to clean regularly on my PC.
    On the other hand, with CCleaner I disable the deletion of the starting menu and prefetch items.

  • stiguy

    You can also use Clean, downloadable from this site:

    Some precautions to take anyway: Finish downloads on Peer2Peer software, such as E-mule, because Clean removes ALL temporary files (however, it notes the downloads that were in progress).

    1/Place Clean.cmd at the root of the system disk, C in our case (with other folders: Programs, Windows...).

    2/In Start/Run, type cmd, then validate.

    3/In the console, type cd c:\ (>>>>> If C is your system disk or partition <<<<The cursor then moves to C:\

    4/To run Clean v2.0, type: clean/i/r

    After you can also take SpeedUp My PC:

    It cleans files that CCleaner may neglect or forget.

  • majcg

    Good morning,

    Good morning,

    Recently I've had a CD player trouble: Windows XP PC didn't read it anymore.
    Troubleshooting consisted of installing a file.

    It can be assumed that a cleaning was a little too energetic. How to avoid unintended cleaning?
    I didn‘t realise the problem right away because I didn’t use the reader every day.

    Thank you

  • @stiguy: thank you for the information even late

    @majcg: are you sure your problem is related to Ccleaner or too efficient cleaning on the part of Windows?

    Updates Ccleaner then go to Options and click on the Exclure module. Using the different buttons on the right, you can then exclude files, folders and even keys from the registry. So you need to identify the location of the file.

    However, I really doubt that a hardware problem is related to using Ccleaner or Windows cleaning. Indeed, these 2 applications are normally limited to temporary files that can be safely deleted.

    You can also try to check the system logs to see if there is no explanation about your CD player. To do this, go through the Administration tools of Control Panel.

  • majcg


    Thank you for the answer.
    I'm not sure of anything; I don't know when it happened; I didn't doubt anything; I found that my reader was no longer working when I hadn't used it for several days.

    After various manoeuvres (connecting/displipping), the mentor orientation was in hardware and as I am rather hesitant in this orientation, I preferred to dig into diagnostic tools, malware. This did not give anything but on that occasion, with great assurance, I was told to load the file that corresponds to this

    ; Amendment of the register
    ; Problem of non-recognition of DVD, CD and CD-R players
    ; after installing NERO and EZCD
    ; Developed by the technical service on 27 November 2001




    And it works.

    I didn't get any explanation.
    I put this question on this thread in the following context:

    Cleaning is not recommended by all specialists writing on the issue; where periphrases are used: we need to clean up a little; CCleaner is sometimes one of the tools that should be used “a bit”; personally I had gone to Glary, but I sometimes saw this software blocking in a scan, maybe because I was doing two things at once.

    From the cost, I switched to Advanced WindowsCare... overburden automation.
    On a Portable I have McAfeecontrolcenter that also does everything.

    And then the drive on the Windows XP Pc does not work anymore..

    It’s really easy to accuse a cleaner.but I'm interested in this issue of cleaning: it takes time and needs to be completed, even for a few more euros.

    There is also SP3 that has been accused in my concern, or just aging.
    As my usual sources did not pronounce themselves, I allowed myself to throw a probe to see if the echo was coming up...
    The administration tools didn't tell me, but I might have looked next to it. Knowing the remedy that marketed, maybe we can go back to the right clue to look for?

    Thank you

  • @majcg: from what you're telling me, your problem would be related to installing a burning software that is incompatible with your CD player. So there are no links with Ccleaner or anything.

    For the administration tools, I think you won't learn much from that side — unless you look blind from what you know.

    The XP SP3 may not have any report but I encountered a lot of problems after installing it on a PC.

    The tricky registry you've provided is to have Windows detect the CD/DVD drives that would have disappeared from the workstation. As a result, your drive worked physically but was no longer recognised by the system due to incompatibility with burning software.

  • majcg


    I avoid burning on my PC because I found that the use of the most recent cellphone engraver was more efficient.
    I haven't recently installed burning software on the PC.

    On the other hand, the uninstallation of Daemon tools,
    software that had been installed to read ISO images, is quite new.

    Cleaning software is therefore absolved: that’s important.

    For the record, I did a little check on the operation of Ccleaner: first of all I prepared the cleaning by remaining in the analysis phase, without removing cookies from the files to be cleaned; I did not go to the actual cleaning phase and started the analysis again after updating (optional) the list of cookies to be saved; I thought Ccleaner was going very quickly, to say anything, stuck by his first analysis that he didn't seem to be doing.
    But no, in Winmerge I checked that the logs of files that would be deleted differed well: the cookies to keep would be good.

    Thank you again for this diagnosis that I keep

  • Milous

    I have a little question about the latest version of CCleaner that’s not the same you did your article with. In fact, new options have emerged such as “Prevent Windows Errors”.
    By scanning it I see that it can delete more than 1 GB of memory, so I wonder if this option is important, or can I delete the files?
    Thank you

  • @SCUCorse : even if this is secure, we still have to be very careful because some files may be duplicated for good reasons, including system files... to use rather for data, in my humble opinion.

  • Patou

    Hello, someone will tell me the manip on ccleaner so as not to erase my contact photos when I do a cleaning of temporary windows folders I can't locate the file to exclude it from cleaning, thank you all for your answers

  • Patricia

    Hello, what is called the msn contacts photos folder and or find it?I would like to exclude it from cleaning ccleaner.thanks.

  • Patou

    thank you for your answer, I'm looking, I'm looking but I don't find your reason it’s probably somewhere, there’s probably someone who has the same problem, goodbye.

  • Leatitia

    Hello I would like to know if really this software definitively removes photos or other from the hard drive and that will really no longer trace the deleted objects as if it’s files not ever were in the computer

    • In theory the file will no longer exist BUT (and yes there is always one), it may be that a temporary file, a record in a log file or that I still know, allow to restore or retrieve traces of your file partially or completely.