How to delete temporary files

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Hello!

I just want to know how to remove and delete temporary program files.

Here's how I did;

I did the disk cleanup but the files are still there. I don't know how to remove or understand disk cleanup. My friend mentioned only disk cleanup.

If I click the box of the temporary file what happens next? Does the disk cleanup delete all the files? But why is it the files are still in the drive C?

I want to know all the details so that I will be the one to do the action.

Do you have any precise instructions?

Please post.

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Answered By 0 points N/A #113451

How to delete temporary files

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Hi Xyrus,

Windows temporary files are usually leftover files when you install and/or programs, watch and/or edit videos, and even typing a document. The files created are necessary to run the applications that we use in our computers. Over time, the files on the Temporary folder can accumulate and may actually take up 1 GB of the hard disk’s space.

Judging from the screenshot you provided, here are the steps, how to manually clean out the Temp files and folder in Windows 7:

1. Change folder options – There are temporary files which are hidden. In order for them to show up, follow the steps below:

  • Open any folder
  • Click the Organize button
  • Choose “Folder and Search Options” from the drop down menu.
  • Click the View tab
  • Select “Show hidden files and folders”
  • Remove the check from “Hide protected operating system files”
  • Click Apply
  • Click OK

2. The Temp folder – To go to the Temp folder, navigate to this location:

  • C: Users
  • YOUR USERNAME
  • Owner
  • AppData
  • Local
  • Temp

3. Use Run– Alternatively, you can go to the Temp folder by using this Run command:

  • Press the Windows logo key and “R” on your keyboard at the same time.
  • The Run window will come up
  • Type or copy and paste this: %temp%

4. Delete – Now that you have the windows Temporary folder open, you can delete all that is in there.

  • Press Ctrl and “A” on your keyboard at the same time.
  • This will select all the files and folders inside the Temp folder.
  • Press Delete key
  • Confirm the action and you’re done

5. Error Deleting File or Folder – If windows tells you that there are files that cannot be deleted, that means that those files are still being used or needed by an application. That will be fine. Just skip that file or folder and delete the rest.

6. Delete Temporary Internet Files Manually – You may also remove the temporary Internet files by yourself.

  • Click Start>Control Panel>Network and Internet>Internet Options.
  • Select the General tab
  • Under Browsing history, press Delete.
  • Delete all and confirm the deletion.
  • OR if you see a Safety button, click Delete Browsing History.
  • Choose the categories you would like to delete.
  • Confirm the deletion.

7. Clean the Garbage Can – Usually, the files that you have deleted from the Temp folder can be seen in the Recycle Bin.

  • Right click the Recycle Bin icon from your desktop
  • Select Empty the Recycle Bin
  • Or you can also open it and press delete on the specific files you chose.

8. Disk Cleanup Settings – There is a way to go to the disk clean up utility settings. By using the command prompt you can have the disk clean up tool to provide more options than the normal.

  • Click Start
  • Type “cmd” in the search box
  • In the command prompt, type “cleanmgr.exe /sageset:1”
  • Select all that you would like to delete
  • Go to the Disk Cleanup (All Programs>Accessories folder>System Tools)
  • Delete the files you want

9. CCleaner – Is an efficient third party cleaning utility that does the cleaning of all your temporary files in a few clicks.

10. ATF Cleaner – Another third party cleaning too that is as efficient as CCleaner. In addition, it is very lightweight. No installation needed.

Answered By 0 points N/A #113452

How to delete temporary files

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Hi Xyrus,

This may help  you solve the problem just follow these steps.

If you are running Windows 2000, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows ME, Windows XP follow the below instructions to search for and delete any .tmp file found on your computer.

  1. Click Start, Find, and click Find Files or folders
  2. In the named box type *.tmp to search for any files ending with tmp.
  3. Verify that Look in section of the search box is pointing to the C: drive and not Document Folders.
  4. Click Find Now
  5. Delete all files that are found.

Once the above section has been done it is also recommend that you ensure that the temporary folder on the hard disk is emptied by following the below instructions.

  • Double-click My Computer
  • Double-click the C: drive
  • Double-click the Temp folder (if present) verify that all files within this folder are deleted.
  • Close the window and re-open My Computer
  • Double-click the C: drive
  • Double-click the Windows folder
  • Double-click the Temp folder (if present) verify that all files within this folder are deleted.

If you are running MS-DOS or Windows 3.x follow the below instructions to remove any temporary files currently on the computer.

  • If you are currently on Windows; click File and choose the option to Exit Windows.
  • Once at the prompt type:  cd <press enter>
  • Del *.tmp <press enter>
  • Delete all temporary files found in the root directory of the C drive.
  • Next type: cd <press enter>
  • CD temp <press enter>
  • If present or in the C:TEMP> directory type del *.* and delete all files in the temp directory.
  • Once deleted or if the temp folder is not present type:
  • CD <press enter>
  • CD windows <press enter>
  • CD temp <press enter>
  • If present or in the C:WindowsTEMP> directory type del *.* and delete all files in the C: windows temp directory.

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