How to delete system error memory dump files in Windows

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Memory dump files, otherwise crash dumps, are system files saved during blue screen crashes. When a BSOD error message appears, Windows saves a copy of the system memory. Those crash dump files can then assist developers to fix BSOD system crashes. Users can send the crash dumps to developers when they file support tickets.

Memory dump files can waste a lot of hard drive space. They can hog gigabytes of hard drive storage. Windows only automatically delete crash dump files when HDD space is limited. However, users can also erase crash dumps with cleanup utilities.

How do I Delete System Memory Dump Files in Windows

  1. Delete Crash Dumps With Disk Clean-up
  2. Delete Crash Dumps With CCleaner
  3. Delete Crash Dumps Via the Command Prompt
  4. Turn Off Crash Dumps

1. Delete Crash Dumps With Disk Clean-up

  1. Users can erase crash dumps with Windows’ very own Disk Clean-up. To do that, launch Run with the Windows key + R keyboard shortcut.
  2. Enter ‘cleanmgr’ in Run’s Open text box.
  3. Press Ctrl + Shift + Enter to open Disk Clean-up as administrator.
  4. Select the C: drive on the Drive selection window, and click the OK button.disk cleanup
  5. Select the System error memory dump files check box.
  6. Then click the OK button.
  7. Users who can’t find a System error memory dump files option in Disk Clean-up should open that utility via an elevated Command Prompt. Enter ‘%SystemRoot%System32Cmd.exe /c Cleanmgr /sageset:16 & Cleanmgr /sagerun:16’ in the Prompt, and press the Return key. That will open Disk Clean-up with more checkbox options.cmd disk cleanup

2. Delete Crash Dumps With CCleaner

  1. Alternatively, users can erase crash dumps with the freeware CCleaner. To do that, click the green Download button on CCleaner’s webpage.
  2. Add CCleaner to Windows with its setup wizard.
  3. Launch the CCleaner utility.
  4. Select Custom Clean on the left of CCleaner.
  5. Then select the Memory Dumps check box.
  6. Press the Analyze button.
  7. Select the Run Cleaner option to erase the crash dumps.

3. Delete Crash Dumps Via the Command Prompt

  1. Users can also erase crash dumps with a series of Command Prompt commands. To do so, open the Run accessory.
  2. Enter ‘cmd’ in Run, and press the Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys.
  3. Then enter the following separate commands in the Prompt, and press Enter after entering each one.

fsutil usn deletejournal /d /n c:

del “%temp%*” /s /f /q

del “C:$Recycle.bin*” /s /f /q

del “%systemroot%temp*” /s /f /q

vssadmin delete shadows /for=c: /all /quiet

Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup /ResetBase


4. Turn Off Crash Dumps

  1. Users can turn off crash dumps to ensure they don’t hog any more HDD storage space. Enter ‘Control Panel’ in Run’s Open text box and press Return.
  2. Then click System to open the Control Panel applet shown directly below.
  3. Click Advanced system settings on the left of the window to open an Advanced tab.
  4. Then press the Settings button under Startup and Recovery.startup and recovery
  5. Select the (none) option on the drop-down menu shown directly below to turn off crash dumps.
  6. Then click the OK button.

So, there are a few ways users can erase crash dumps in Windows, which aren’t especially essential to retain. Deleting the crash dumps might free up quite a bit hard drive storage space for some users.

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