Disk Cleanup Button Missing in Windows 10? Here’s the Fix

Dave LeClair 11-05-2016

Drive getting a little full Need A Disk Cleanup? Visualize What Takes Up Space On Your Windows PC Oh the pressure when you run out of disk space. What to delete? The fastest way to locate junk files is to use a tool that helps you visualize your system's file structure. Read More on your Windows 10 device? The Disk Cleanup utility Catch up on PC Maintenance & Clear Your System With Glary Utilities Pro PC maintenance is a chore most people postpone until it's almost too late. You know who you are. Yes, you, with the cluttered desktop and slow boot time. Glary Utilities is designed for you. Read More is a great way to win back some extra space on your PC, but what if you find the button missing from the Drive Properties?


Here’s how to bring it back! You will have to mess with the registry How to Jump to Any Registry Key Instantly on Windows The Windows Registry can be a pain to navigate, but there's one tool that makes it possible to jump to any key in an instant. Read More a little bit, but don’t worry, we’ll guide you through it!

First, type “regedit” into the Windows 10 search box. Now, navigate to the following registry key:


Right click on MyComputer, then click New, then Key to create a new key entry. Name it cleanuppath. If you find that cleanuppath is already there, then go back and check, as the Disk Cleanup button should be there. If not, then continue to the next step.


Right-click Default in the left windows under the cleanuppath key. In the windows that opens, type the following:

%SystemRoot%\System32\cleanmgr.exe /D %c

Click OK, and you’re all done! Now, when go back to your Drive Properties windows, you should see the Disk Cleanup button listed!

Do you use Disk Cleanup to keep your computer running smoothly and your drive roomy? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. Anonymous
    June 20, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    I'm not sure of how many people know this but even though you installed Windows 10 you should still have a hidden partition on your hard drive that would help you reinstall Windows 7. It's where all the data files are pulled from when you create your factory backup disks. Even though you may not see the partition anymore it would still be recoverable. I had to use a program called
    Active@ Boot Disk, I have no ties with the software company it's just I love this program. I'm using it right now to recover pictures off of somebody's hard drive that went bad. You can even use it to recover a reformatting hard drive. I hope it helps somebody

  2. Drew
    May 13, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    I found there is a Disk Cleaner Button in the Device Manager when you click on 'File' (top Left) after clicking into it from CP. I have to agree that this win 10 has been VERY rocky indeed. I have lost a large amount of money on data and time wasted. There is just way too much Privacy Invasion for myself.

  3. Anonymous
    May 11, 2016 at 8:49 am

    I cant stand windows 10. I have no had to lose data over 10 times clean installs since its installation. So a few days ago after it deleted my sound drivers for no damn reason i switch to windows 7....nope, it refused to let me turn it back.

    After faffing about for an hour i manage to get windows 7 back on. Without the internet driver. Then no games would launch, and nothing was installing properly.

    After a day, an entire day, of faffinf and looking for drivers i caved and went back to wondows 10 like an abused spouse to find everything seemingly hunky dorey with Windows 10.

    I hate the operating system and wish i never installed it as everything worked perfectly before i installed that aweful aweful OS. i would gladly take Vista back over this...and i know i cant take those words back.

    • Anonymous
      May 11, 2016 at 8:50 am


  4. Anonymous
    May 11, 2016 at 8:37 am

    You can also just click Start and start typing Disk Cleanup. Usually it appears by the time you type D.

    • Anonymous
      May 13, 2016 at 3:12 pm

      Thanks very much! I know I knew that (yeah) but I didn't remember I knew that. Although I love messing with the Registry, I'll take your advice instead.