Disk Cleanup on Windows Server 2008 R2

In order for you to clean up your server from system files and update files, you need to run the Disk Cleanup utility to safely remove these files. Unfortunately, this is not installed by default. This article shows you how to install this option for you to get the utility.

CAUTION: A reboot will be required for this install.

To install Disk Cleanup:

  1. Go to Server Manager
  2. Open up Features and select Features
  3. From the Add FeaturesWizard, select Desktop Experience option
  4. Click Add Required Features when prompted for the Ink Support option
  5. Then click install.
This will install the feature and more.

The Desktop Experience option will install the following on to the server:
  • Windows Media Player
  • Desktop themes
  • Video for Windows (AVI support)
  • Windows SideShow
  • Windows Defender
  • Disk Cleanup
  • Sync Center
  • Sound Recorder
  • Character Map
  • Snipping Tool


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