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Deleting files from temp folders, photoshop, etc.

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by izombie7, Apr 3, 2011.

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  1. izombie7

    izombie7 Thread Starter

    Oct 1, 2005
    Hi, just a general question about deleting files from temp folders, I don't usually do that but there's a lot of obvious clutter than I could delete, which I'm not sure why is still there.

    For example, in photoshop, anytime you edit something it'll be saved as a large .bmp file in the user / appdata / local / temp folder. I just noticed I've got 6 gigabytes of .bmp files in that folder alone, which seem to mostly be from photoshop if not all from photoshop.

    I assume its safe to delete all of these?

    Also, there's a file in there called WER3E59.tmp.hdmp which is over a gigabyte and hasn't been modified in a week, but of course I won't delete it, not sure what it is.

    So yeah, cool to delete those .bmps? And is there any easy way to clean up temp folders in general? Thanks.

    Also, just to mention it, I dare not mess with the Windows/Temp folder, but I notice there's 8 gigs of stuff in there, and a lot of it has not been modified in months. I wonder why thats there?
  2. Elvandil


    Aug 1, 2003
    The safest way is Disk Cleanup (Star > Run > cleanmgr). It cleans out older files but saves the most recent that may still be needed. If you run it occasionally, it will get rid of all files that have not been accessed in a while and so are most likely not used by any application.

    There are many "cleaning" programs, but I don't consider them safe. People are often coming here with problems that could be solved by backups that those things have deleted in the name of a couple megs of space.

    People need to realize that life will be more pleasant overall if they just bite the bullet and buy more space and a bigger drive if things get cramped. Getting rid of "clutter" has absolutely no bearing on how well or how fast a machine runs. Files are accessed directly, by maps, and it makes no difference in the time it will take you to get to Poukeepsie if the neighboring towns are full or empty.
  3. steve1986


    Apr 4, 2011
  4. Noyb

    Noyb Trusted Advisor

    May 25, 2005
    I've used the freeware CCleaner for years without a problem.
    Just do NOT use the option to clean the registry.

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