In general, Windows users use Disk Cleanup to free up disk space in daily use. This tool will delete older and unnecessary files so as to release more free space for you. But recently, you should be more carefully when using it on Windows 10 October 2018 Update since it may clear your Downloads folder.

Toll now, the annoying file deletion bug found recently on Windows 10 October 2018 Update has been fixed by Microsoft (at least for the testers currently). Now, there comes another file deletion issue – Disk Cleanup empty Downloads folder (also on the Windows 10 October 2018 Update).

Disk Cleanup empty Downloads folder

Disk Cleanup Will Empty Your Downloads Folder

Too many temporary and unnecessary files will not only occupy disk space, but also influence the computer responding speed. That’s why people are prone to start Disk Cleanup, the built-in cleaning tool in Windows, to remove those unnecessary files. This even becomes a necessary after you installed the Windows 10 October 2018 Update on computer.

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The routine of using Disk Cleanup:

  1. Start the tool.
  2. Check all the default options of computer.
  3. Click on the OK button to start the cleanup process.

If you use the Disk Cleanup in the same way on a Windows 10 October 2018 Update, you will clean Downloads folder as well. As I said before, the Downloads folder is added as a new option quietly by Microsoft, so it will be checked to clear.

Disk Cleanup in Windows 10 October 2018 Update Is Dangerous

Definitely, this design is convenient for those people who want the folder to be given a totally clean since it is only used for temporary files. However, for other people who want to keep hold of the files saved in the Download folder, it’s dangerous.

For a long time, Windows users have been accustomed to using Disk Cleanup for space release and they won’t change the default check of options before clicking on the “OK” button. The addition of Downloads folders in the Disk Cleanup makes it necessary to make sure that “Downloads” is not checked before the cleanup process begins.

To prevent this design from turning into a nightmare for those people who aren’t expecting it to delete Download folders, you have to examine the listed boxes carefully (figure out which ones are checked to make sure that Downloads isn’t one of them).

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Note: The “Downloads” option doesn’t equal to the “Downloaded Program Files” option which you can find easily during the cleanup process in the past. Actually, the “Downloads” refers to the “ActiveX controls and Java applets that are downloaded automatically when you view certain pages” on the Internet.

View & Uncheck Downloads during Disk Cleanup

click on Disk Cleanup from search result

free up disk space by deleting unnecessary files

type cleanmgr and press Enter

type cleanmgr and click on OK

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Step two: click on the “OK” button in the “Disk Cleanup: Drive Selection” window.

click on the OK button

Step three: wait for the calculating process.

calculating process

Step four: be sure to uncheck “Downloads” in “Disk Cleanup for Fast (C:)” window. And then, click on the “OK” button to confirm and start cleanup.

uncheck Downloads and click on OK

You can repeat step one to step four to recheck Downloads if you want.

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