Disk Cleanup - Correct Shortcut for Vista 64 bit

Brink

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How to Correct the Disk Cleanup Shortcut for Vista 64 bit
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By default in Vista 64 bit (x64), the shortcut in the Start Menu points to the 32-bit (x86) executable for Disk Cleanup. This will show you how to correct this for the cleaning of System Restore points, Shadow Copies, and Previous Versions to work properly.
How to Correct the Disk Cleanup Shortcut in Vista 64 bit

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By default in Vista 64 bit (x64), the shortcut in the Start Menu points to the 32-bit (x86) executable for Disk Cleanup. While Disk Cleanup will work fine from this shortcut for most things, there is one function that does not work correctly – the cleaning of System Restore points, Shadow Copies, and Previous Versions. This will show you how to fix this error in the Start menu Disk Cleanup shortcut.

CREDIT TO: Kristan Kenney: Confessions of a Windows Enthusiast





Here's How:
1. Open the Start Menu.​
2. Click on All Programs, Accessories, and then on System Tools.​
3. Right click on Disk Cleanup and click on Properties.​
NOTE: All other Disk Cleanup shortcuts are correct. Just this one has is incorrect.
4. In the Target: area, change it from: (See screenshot below step 5)​
%SystemRoot%\SysWOW64\cleanmgr.exe
TO:
%SystemRoot%\system32\cleanmgr.exe

5. Click on Apply.​
Incorrect_Target.jpg

6. Click on Continue in the Access Denied prompt. (See screenshot below)​
Access_Denied.jpg

7. Click on Continue in the UAC prompt.​
8. You should now see this below for the properties. (See screenshot below step 9)​
9. Click on OK.​
Correct_Target.jpg

That's it,
Shawn



 

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madbill

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I know my question may sound stupid - but it appears that the new shortcut will do the opposite of what is recommended - the fix seems to be directing the Disk Cleanup shortcut to the 32-bit (x86) executable, which appears not to be x64. The original pointed into the folder SysWOW64 - What is SysWOW64?
Thanks for all the valuable tips and info
 
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Brink

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mvp
Hello Bill, and welcome to Vista Forums.

The 32-bit and 64-bit Vista should run out of the System32 folder instead. The WoW64 folder is to allow 32-bit applications to run in a 64-bit Vista, but you can read more in details about it in the link below.

WoW64 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Hope this helps,
Shawn
 

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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
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    Custom
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone
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    Windows 10 Pro
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    HP Envy Y0F94AV
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    i7-7500U @ 2.70 GHz
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    16 GB DDR4-2133
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    NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
    Sound Card
    Conexant ISST Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
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