Microsoft just made it harder to empty your Downloads folder in Windows

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.

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.

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