How to use Disk Cleanup in windows 2008

Where is Disk cleanup in windows 2008?

Well Microsoft removed disk cleanup from Windows 2008, this sucks if you need to do some clean up and want to delete all user profile recycle bins. So the only official way to get cleanmgr.exe back is to install desktop experience that will add a lot of junk you don’t need just for one tool in your server OS. But there is a much better solution that will just add cleanmgr.exe back so it can be used without doing any installations.

Note: that this method will not give cleanup tool full power as the desktop experience version. This will have only a limited number of cleanup tasks with this method.

  1. go to C:\Windows\winsxs\
  2. use windows search and search for cleanmgr
  3. cleanmgr.exe needs to be copied to %systemroot%\System32
  4. cleanmgr.exe.mui needs to be copied to %systemroot%\System32\en-US
  5. then just launch cleanmgr.exe from run or command prompt
This below chart might help you out.
Operating System Architecture File Location
Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit C:\Windows\winsxs\amd64_microsoft-windows-cleanmgr_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.16385_none_c9392808773cd7da\cleanmgr.exe
Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit C:\Windows\winsxs\amd64_microsoft-windows-cleanmgr.resources_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.16385_en-us_b9cb6194b257cc63\cleanmgr.exe.mui
Windows Server 2008 64-bit C:\Windows\winsxs\amd64_microsoft-windows-cleanmgr.resources_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.18000_en-us_b9f50b71510436f2\cleanmgr.exe.mui
Windows Server 2008 64-bit C:\Windows\winsxs\amd64_microsoft-windows-cleanmgr_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.18000_none_c962d1e515e94269\cleanmgr.exe
Windows Server 2008 32-bit C:\Windows\winsxs\x86_microsoft-windows-cleanmgr.resources_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.18000_en-us_5dd66fed98a6c5bc\cleanmgr.exe.mui
Windows Server 2008 32-bit C:\Windows\winsxs\x86_microsoft-windows-cleanmgr_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.18000_none_6d4436615d8bd133\cleanmgr.exe

additional information:

https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/winserverManagement/thread/2af659cb-51b2-4ca6-ba56-0a507979fe7d/

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff630161(v=ws.10).aspx

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