In the October 2018 update for Windows 10, Microsoft made a change to the disk cleanup tool, adding the option to clean up download folders using the disk cleaning tool, but some users complained that the change could easily lead to the accidental deletion of useful Internet download data. This option is not selected by default, and the user needs to manually select entry by checking this option so that the disk cleanup tool clears the download folder. However, inexperienced users accidentally deleted the files they wanted to keep after checking all the available blocks.
Starting with the May 2020 update version of Windows 10 2020 (version 2004), the disk cleansing tool will no longer empty your Downloads folder, where the “download” option has been removed, and Microsoft says the change is the result of user feedback.
It’s also worth noting that Microsoft hasn’t removed the “Download Folder” option from Windows 10’s Storage Sense, a built-in storage management feature designed to help users free up storage space and better manage your hard drive space.
If you want to release your download folder, go to the Settings app and store it, then click “Temporary Files”. On the next screen, select the Downloads folder and tap Delete Files.
If you’re worried about losing useful files, you should back up your data to OneDrive so you can be prepared for the worst.”
As we highlighted above, Microsoft has already made these changes in the May 2020 update for Windows 10, which is being rolled out in stages, but it appears to be banned from installing on incompatible hardware, including Surface products.
Microsoft also plans to introduce “clean-up recommendations” in Storage Sense to help you delete recent, large, or unused files, following the Windows 10 20H2 update, which is expected to be released later this year.