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Running Disk Cleanup from Drive Properties

by Newbie9 / April 19, 2005 11:29 AM PDT

When I try to run Disk Cleanup from the Drive Properties, I get a pop-up... " Windows cannot locate the Disk Cleanup program. The program file may be corrupted or may have been deleted from your computer. To reinstall Disk Cleanup, run Windows Setup again."

Incidently, I can run Disk Cleanup from System Tools in Programs/Accessories.

I don't find anything in Windows Setup to reinstall the Disk Cleanup.

Any ideas about the problem and solution thereof? Thanks.

Newbie9

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All I can say is
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / April 19, 2005 11:02 PM PDT

that Disk Cleanup should be located in your %SystemRoot%\System32\cleanmgr.exe,

EG if you're using Win XP it will be in Windows/System32.

If you right click the shortcut in the Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools, does it give the same directory path?

If not, then perhaps it got moved somehow, and the shortcut changed as well. Unlikely I know, but that's all I can think of.

Mark

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Cleanmgr.exe missing from C:\windows\System32
by Newbie9 / April 21, 2005 6:29 AM PDT
In reply to: All I can say is

Thanks for the help. Mine is Win Me. Right clicking Disk Cleanup shortcut in Start>Programs>Accessories>System Tools gives the target path as C:\Windows\Cleanmgr.exe. It is missing in C:\Windows\System32.

If someone can please render further help. Thanks.

Newbie9

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Check the system registry
by Cursorcowboy / April 23, 2005 12:57 AM PDT

for the following entry and path:

HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion
\explorer\MyComputer\CleanupPath


and ensure the address for (Default) is the "string value" of drive:\windows folder name\cleanmgr.exe /d %c.

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Cleanup exe does not work
by popcorn12 / May 14, 2008 5:22 PM PDT
In reply to: All I can say is

I am having the same problem with the person that typed this below.

Running Disk Cleanup from Drive Properties
by Newbie9 - 4/19/05 6:29 PM

When I try to run Disk Cleanup from the Drive Properties, I get a pop-up... " Windows cannot locate the Disk Cleanup program. The program file may be corrupted or may have been deleted from your computer. To reinstall Disk Cleanup, run Windows Setup again."

Incidently, I can run Disk Cleanup from System Tools in Programs/Accessories.

I don't find anything in Windows Setup to reinstall the Disk Cleanup.

Any ideas about the problem and solution thereof? Thanks.

Newbie9


I don't have a back up disk for my XP. I can find the file in systems, but it also says it is missing

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Cleanmgr.exe
by Stan Chambers / April 21, 2005 12:34 PM PDT

Not sure about ME, but I believe that it should be in the System32 folder. It is located there in XP.
Try to copy and paste the file into the System32 folder.
See if that will solve the problem.
The only other suggestion would be to post this in the Windows ME forum, where other ME users may respond.
Best of Luck

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I agree,
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / April 21, 2005 7:18 PM PDT
In reply to: Cleanmgr.exe

but, I would do it this way.

In Win ME the System32 folder isn't used as much as the System folder, ie. Windows/System.

I would take a copy of the file and place it in the Windows/System folder, then see if you can access it from disk properties. (You might have to reboot first).

That way, if it works, you can then replace the current shortcut in Start > Porgrams > Accessories > System Tools with a new shortcut from the file in the Windows/System folder. And then delete the copy in the Windows folder.

If it doesn't work, try as Stan says and place a copy in the Windows/System32 folder.

Other than that, I am not sure.

Mark

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Mark & Stan,,I Don't Have A Windows ME Computer Here, But...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / April 22, 2005 2:20 AM PDT
In reply to: I agree,

...on Windows 98, the "Cleanmgr.exe" file resides in the C\Windows folder and only that folder. I checked two different Windows 98 machines and there is only ONE location for that file and both methods of running it access the same file. In "Newbies" post HERE, Newbie indicates that it should reside in C\Windows as well. Since it runs from one access location, I'm not sure why it won't run from the other location. Although it's possible that a secondary "cleanmgr.exe" file resides in the System or System32 folders, I doubt it..Still, it's worth a try.

I'm guessing that the problem is a registry issue...Unfortunately, I'm not sure how to fix it.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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Probably not then
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / April 22, 2005 4:52 AM PDT

I must admit I didn't check my ME machine, but just assumed that as XP has it in System32 it would be in the System folder in ME.

I agree it sounds like a registry issue if it is not available in Disk Properties, but I wouldn't know where to look either.

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People still use Win ME?
by strickjh2005 / May 18, 2008 4:17 AM PDT
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