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    I have a laptop with Windows 11 Pro 21H2, upgraded from Windows 10 Pro. For a couple of weeks now disk cleanup does not work at all. Never had a problem before. The non-functioning seems to have started after I installed July updates at the end of July.

    How to fix?

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    • #2469336

      What happens?

      Does it open?

      Does it run?

      Does it delete any items?

      Does it not delete all items?

      Windows 11 Pro version 22H2 build 22621.608 + Microsoft Edge/365

    • #2469522

      Using the instructions for removing the  temp files manually, I was able to remove the  temp files. But the others remained , especially the 2.28GB windows update cleanup files, which are the primary ones I wanted to clean up.

      Could this have something to do with the windows updates I installed last month? Could the non-functioning disk cleanup be due to an error in the windows update?


    • #2469524

      Try this first:

      • Open an elevated CMD prompt.
      • Type: DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
      • Let it finish
      • Type: SFC /SCANNOW
      • Let it finish
      • Reboot

      Now use your disk  clean operation.

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    • #2469531

      You can use Storage Sense / Storage instead of Disk Cleanup

      • #2469540

        I prefer DISM++ over all those previously mentioned but @geekdom has supplied the first two steps to recovery in using the proprietory MSFT disk cleaner.
        @OP you could also lookup sageset/sagerun switches for Disk Cleaner which opens up a lot more options to remove excess 😉

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