Windows Vista: Add "Remove Temporary Files" and "Run Disk Cleanup" to right-click menu

Through several registry modifications, you can create an enhanced “right-click” menu for the Recycle Bin. The new options will allow you to delete the temporary files in the following two directories: %UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Temp and %SystemRoot%\Temp. Additionally, another menu will be created that will allow you to run the disk cleanup utility. Please be aware that this […]

Through several registry modifications, you can create an enhanced “right-click” menu for the Recycle Bin. The new options will allow you to delete the temporary files in the following two directories: %UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Temp and %SystemRoot%\Temp. Additionally, another menu will be created that will allow you to run the disk cleanup utility.

Please be aware that this change requires making a change to the Windows Vista registry.

Note: Editing the registry has the potential to cause serious (and unrecoverable) damage to your PC. If you are at all uncomfortable editing the registry, please do not attempt the following.

The first step is to create a registry file. You can do this by opening Notepad (Start >> All Programs >> Accessories >> Notepad) and copying and pasting the following:

 Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}\shell\Delete] 

@="&Remove Temp Files" 

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}\shell\Delete\Command] 

@=hex(2):43,00,6d,00,64,00,2e,00,65,00,78,00,65,00,20,00,2f,00,63,00,20,00,25,\ 

00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,44,00,72,00,69,00,76,00,65,00,25,00,\ 

20,00,26,00,26,00,20,00,63,00,64,00,20,00,25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,\ 

00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,74,00,25,00,5c,00,54,00,65,00,6d,00,70,00,5c,00,\ 

20,00,26,00,26,00,20,00,64,00,65,00,6c,00,20,00,2a,00,2e,00,2a,00,20,00,2f,\ 

00,66,00,20,00,2f,00,71,00,20,00,26,00,26,00,20,00,28,00,66,00,6f,00,72,00,\ 

20,00,2f,00,64,00,20,00,25,00,25,00,61,00,20,00,69,00,6e,00,20,00,28,00,2a,\ 

00,29,00,20,00,64,00,6f,00,20,00,72,00,64,00,20,00,22,00,25,00,25,00,61,00,\ 

22,00,20,00,2f,00,71,00,20,00,2f,00,73,00,29,00,20,00,26,00,26,00,20,00,63,\ 

00,64,00,20,00,25,00,54,00,45,00,4d,00,50,00,25,00,20,00,26,00,26,00,20,00,\ 

64,00,65,00,6c,00,20,00,2a,00,2e,00,2a,00,20,00,2f,00,66,00,20,00,2f,00,71,\ 

00,20,00,26,00,26,00,20,00,28,00,66,00,6f,00,72,00,20,00,2f,00,64,00,20,00,\ 

25,00,25,00,61,00,20,00,69,00,6e,00,20,00,28,00,2a,00,29,00,20,00,64,00,6f,\ 

00,20,00,72,00,64,00,20,00,22,00,25,00,25,00,61,00,22,00,20,00,2f,00,71,00,\ 

20,00,2f,00,73,00,29,00,00,00 

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}\shell\Erase] 

@="&Run Disk Cleanup" 

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}\shell\Erase\Command] 

@=hex(2):43,00,6d,00,64,00,2e,00,65,00,78,00,65,00,20,00,2f,00,63,00,20,00,43,\ 

00,6c,00,65,00,61,00,6e,00,6d,00,67,00,72,00,20,00,2f,00,73,00,61,00,67,00,\ 

65,00,73,00,65,00,74,00,3a,00,36,00,35,00,35,00,33,00,35,00,20,00,26,00,20,\ 

00,43,00,6c,00,65,00,61,00,6e,00,6d,00,67,00,72,00,20,00,2f,00,73,00,61,00,\ 

67,00,65,00,72,00,75,00,6e,00,3a,00,36,00,35,00,35,00,33,00,35,00,00,00  

Save the file with the name RecycleBin.reg and close Notepad.

Double-click RecycleBin.reg to add the changes to your registry.

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