How to have Disk Cleanup on server 2008, without installing the desktop experience.


When running out of disk space on Server 2008 you might want/need to run “cleanmgr.exe”. But it’s not there on Server 2008. For that you need to install the “Desktop experience” feature. But I certainly do not want to enable the “desktop experience” feature on a production server. I do not need Windows Mediaplayer, Photoviewer, etc.

I copied “cleanmgr.exe” from a server where the desktop experience feature was enabled to a server which did not have that feature enabled (to the %Systemroot%\System32 folder) and executed the .exe. Nothing happened. Back to the server with the “Desktop Experience’ feature enabled, ran “Process Explorer” to search for dependencies of “cleanmgr.exe”

And there it is, %systemroot%\System32\en-US\Cleanmgr.exe.mui” among other *.mui’s. Copied “cleanmgr.exe.mui” to the other server (with the already existing “cleanmgr.exe”),

started “cleanmgr.exe again, and ….

…Voila.

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