Windows 10 20H1’s Disk Cleanup won’t remove your important files

Windows 10 Disk Cleanup changes

Disk Cleanup has been a part of all versions of Windows and
it’s a useful tool integrated into the OS. Disk Cleanup allows
users to delete temporary files, old and cached data to free up
storage space.

Windows 10 also comes with Storage Sense, a modern Disk Cleanup
replacement built directly into the Settings app and it frees
up space on your computer by deleting temporary files just like
the legacy Disk Cleanup.

Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809)
made a change to Disk Cleanup and Storage Sense app that
can potentially clear out files in the Downloads folder.

Users who like to run Disk Cleanup after successful feature
update installations could also remove the files in the
Downloads folder if they don’t pay enough attention. The
Downloads folder entry is unchecked by default, but those who
take things for granted might end up erasing the files stored
in the folder.

Microsoft understands that users can accidentally clean up the
Downloads folder and
Windows 10 20H1 update will revert this change. Build 19018
already removes Downloads folder from both tools – Disk Cleanup
and Storage Sense.

Windows 10 Disk Cleanup

As you can see in the above screenshot, Microsoft has removed
the entry of Downloads folder from Disk Cleanup in 20H1 preview
builds, while PCs running May 2019 Update or older still have
the option.

Windows 10 storage settings

As we mentioned at the outset, this move has also been made
with Storage Sense feature.

“Based on feedback, we’ve decided to remove the downloads
folder from disk cleanup,” Microsoft noted in
updated changelog.

Windows 10’s 20H1 update

The next update codenamed
19H2 will begin shipping to consumers on November 12 and
users will get the 20H1 update early next year.

According to a leak, Microsoft is expected to select Windows 10
20H1 RTM candidate by mid-December for public rollout in early

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