Windows 7 - How to remove Junk Files in the disks ?

Asked By davidjchuang on 22-Mar-08 06:09 PM
I was using Auslogics Disk Defrag, and I was told about "junk files" in
the disks that I should scan and remove. When I click the link , it was
trying to sell me the software. I'm not ready to buy yet. Any way to
remove the junk files without spending money ? It does not identify the
junk files and the locations, so I don't know how to look them up. Thank


Bob replied on 22-Mar-08 06:31 PM
CCleaner is a freeware system optimization and privacy tool.
davidjchuang replied on 22-Mar-08 07:17 PM
Bob;657883 Wrote:

I do have Ccleaner and I used it 15 min. ago. Then I did the defrag
with Auslogics again, and I still have the same # of junk files in the
disks. So, CCleaner didn't cut the mustard. Anyone with other
options?Thank you.

dmex replied on 22-Mar-08 07:17 PM
There is a little unknown command with disk cleaner to enable it to
remove a lot more old/junk files than usual, just create a shortcut
using this command.

%SystemRoot%\System32\Cmd.exe /c Cleanmgr /sageset:65535 & Cleanmgr

davidjchuang replied on 22-Mar-08 07:52 PM
dmex;657925 Wrote:

Thank you or your reply. I have a problem; I do not know how to do what
you told me to. I am just a beginner. Thank you.

dmex replied on 22-Mar-08 08:20 PM
Just hold the winkey + R  (windows logo key) until you see this screen

Then copy/paste the command and click run
%SystemRoot%\System32\Cmd.exe /c Cleanmgr /sageset:65535 & Cleanmgr

Spirit replied on 22-Mar-08 09:47 PM
Free Wise Disk Cleaner here :

The more boxes you check to look for the fewer of those type files you
will have...

I use CCleaner, Wise Cleaner and Windows Disk Cleanup.

Windows Disk Cleanup - Start - Accessories - System Tools
davidjchuang replied on 22-Mar-08 11:19 PM
dmex;658012 Wrote:

Thank you for the quick response.Unfortunately it didn't work. Error
message : "Windows cannot find C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe \c Make sure
you type the name correctly, then try again." Believe me ,I was
extremely careful in typing the command.
Do the spacing and capital letters have something to do with that error
Oh, what about the "\" and "/" ?

Bob replied on 22-Mar-08 11:58 PM
Copy and paste.
KingOfChaos replied on 23-Mar-08 12:57 AM
davidjchuang;657823 Wrote:

Crap Cleaner is the shiznit.  Especially when you use it with
Auslogic's registry Defrag.  Crap Cleaner gets rid of all those junk
files, cleans the registry and then registry defrag removes the spaces
in the registry caused by crap cleaner deleting old or bad keys.

Bob replied on 23-Mar-08 08:24 AM
DO NOT use registry cleaners! See this:
davidjchuang replied on 23-Mar-08 03:48 PM
Bob;658512 Wrote:

Thank you, Bob. I read the long list of posts. Here is the question;
that onecare is a registry cleaner, isn't it? They concluded eventually
that it's ok to use. So, do I get it or no ? I really want to get rid of
the junks. Thank you.

C.B. replied on 23-Mar-08 07:11 PM

You should heed the advice given you about registry cleaners regardless
of the company providing them, Microsoft included. I haven't cleaned the
registry on any of my systems, which would be anywhere from one to four
years. They all run just fine and are just as fast as the day I bought them.
Two run XP, one runs XP Pro and this one is running Vista Ultimate x86.
On a previous system I would clean the registry quite frequently and
then discover I was facing a System Restore or clean reinstall issue. I
learned my lesson the hard way.
I feel the same way about registry defragmenters. Many people will
disagree with me on both issues, but then again, that's what freedom of
choice and freedom of expression are all about.


It is the responsibility and duty of everyone to help the underprivileged
and unfortunate among us.
Bob replied on 23-Mar-08 07:53 PM
Reread the following comments from the thread. Then decide if you want to
take the risk.

registry cleaner

Here's why:

The onecare cleaner offers no chance to backup what is removed and whatever
it removes is gone, forever. Should it mistakenly remove a key or value
needed by your operating system or software it's gone along with your
program or operating system. I've seen onecare's registry cleaner completely
hose systems."

registry cleaner without problems."

OneCare's Cleanup Scan, AKA Registry Cleaner. What follows is from my saved
notes from our conversation:
Complaints, etc., (44 in all, dating from Mar-Aug 2006) about the Cleanup
scan (horking the install of Office, NAV, etc.) can be found in the Comments
section here:!8A533CD69529D377!706.entry "

Steer well-clear of Windows Live OneCare's Cleanup scan (which BTW is
included in OneCare's Full Service Scan), as well as all other "Registry
davidjchuang replied on 23-Mar-08 08:23 PM
Bob;659260 Wrote:

Ok, Bob. So I won't use any registry cleaner, period. There is this
issue still remains : how do I get rid those junk files , like 4253 in C
disk and 78 in D disk ( according to CCleaner ) ??

Bob replied on 23-Mar-08 11:12 PM
You have received several suggestions. Have you tried them all?
davidjchuang replied on 23-Mar-08 11:41 PM
Bob;659438 Wrote:

Sadly, yes. From the dmex's fancy copy/paste to old fashioned CCleaner,
junk files still there, in fact there are more now in C drive .

Bob replied on 24-Mar-08 12:12 AM
Do a thorough check for malware, following all of the steps at one of these
Web pages.
Help with malware:
All MS-MVP Sites.
Consider this: Whenever a new error condition appears on your computer, it
is almost certain that there was some change to the computer soon before the
problem began.
Unexplained computer behavior may be caused by deceptive software.

Unexplained computer behavior may be caused by deceptive software.

So How Did I Get Infected Anyway?
For quite a few people it's by installing programs like Messenger Plus,
whose ads for malware don't identify the malware as such and try to convince
you that you owe it to the author. See also:

Don't ever do a "default" install of anything. Always choose Custom and see
what else is
being carried along. Don't install any extras you're not sure of.
davidjchuang replied on 24-Mar-08 12:45 AM
Bob;659476 Wrote:

Thank you for your respnses. This is quite a list.Will take some time
to go throuh them. Thanks again.

Bob replied on 24-Mar-08 08:41 AM
You're welcome.
Good luck.
KingOfChaos replied on 24-Mar-08 10:45 AM
I call bull**** on that article.  I have been using CCleaner for MONTHS
on this system and if anything, my computer is still running like brand
new.  Especially now that I have defragmented the registry.  It runs
better than it did out of the friggin' box.

Bob;658512 Wrote: