Windows’ Disk Cleanup tool will no longer empty your Downloads folder as part of its standard tidying up process.
As Betanews reports, Microsoft claims it’s made the change as a result of feedback from users worried about accidentally deleting important files that they’d downloaded but not moved somewhere more permanent.
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Microsoft’s decision to include the Downloads folder in Disk Cleanup was a recent one. It was only added as an option with the infamous Windows 10 October 2018 Update, and even then wasn’t selected by default; users had to specifically opt in to purge the folder.