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Windows 2012 Disk Cleanup Utility

Windows 2012 Disk Cleanup Utility

Windows 2012 Disk Cleanup utility, is one of the few utilities that are disabled by default in Server 2012. Few days ago, i wanted to run the Disk cleanup utility on Server 2012 R2 to clear the temporary files. So i opened “This PC” and right clicked the C Drive and selected Properties.

Drive Properties

To my surprise, there was no Disk Cleanup Button, because this utility and some other utilities/features are part of “Desktop Experience” feature, that are disable by default.

To enable this utility we need to enable  the”Desktop Experience”, as a result the disk cleanup utility will be enabled.

Desktop Experience:

The desktop experience in Server 2012 has the following features:

  • Windows Media Player
  • Video for Windows (AVI support)
  • Windows SideShow
  • Disk Cleanup
  • Sync Center
  • Sound Recorder
  • Character Map
  • Snipping Tool
  • Support for desktop apps
  • Windows Store

For Server 2012 R2, it has the following features:

  • Windows Media Player
  • Video for Windows (AVI support)
  • Windows SideShow
  • Disk Cleanup
  • Sync Center
  • Sound Recorder
  • Character Map
  • Snipping Tool
  • Support for desktop apps
  • Windows Store
  • PC settings (Change PC settings)
  • Play slide show on lock screen
  • Integrated search
  • View Scanner and Cameras

To enable this feature, the procedure for Server 2012 and Server 2012 R2 is same. So open the Server Manager, afterwards click “Add Roles and Features”. Click Next, Next until you reach the Features section. In the Features, go to “User Interface and Infrastructure” section.

Features User Interface and Infrastructure

Click the tick mark next to “Desktop Experience” to enable it. A new window opens.

Add features that are required for desktop experience

Just click “Add Feature”. Click Next and finally Install.

Add features install

Add Role Feature Progress

Once the installation completes, click close and restart the Server.

After restart, open the Drive properties again. Finally, it is showing button for Disk cleanup utility.

Drive Properties Disk Cleanup

Lastly, for future readings, you can check the Overview of Desktop Experience.

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