How to speed up Disk Cleanup in Windows Vista

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vistaAs you know, to have a snappy, fast and responsive operating system it’s a good habit to run, at least once every month (in my humble opinion) the Disk Cleanup utility which, in Windows Vista, is located under Computer – right-click on the partition where you O.S. is installed (usually C:) – Propierties – Disk Cleanup. Sometimes, the scanning process may take quite a long time because the utility has to scan a lot of  compressed files. Here is a simple hack to speed up the scanning process.

  1. Click Start.
  2. In the Search Bar, type regedit and press Enter.
  3. Locate the folloiwng key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\VolumeCaches
  4. On the File menu, click Export, and then click Desktop, type VolumeCaches in the  File name box, and then click Save.(This creates a backup of the VolumeCaches registry key. Just in case something goes wrong)
  5. Delete Compress old files registry key.
  6. Reboot your computer for the changes to take effect.

Note: A lot of people are reporting that in their registry is missing the key called Compress Old Files. Usueless to say, if you don’t have such a key you can’t apply this hack.

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