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Deleting Temporary Internet Files

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by Zook, Oct 7, 2003.

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  1. Zook

    Zook Guest Thread Starter

    Sep 28, 2003
    When I attempt to delete the Temporary Internet Files folder I get a message saying "Temporary Internet Files is a system folder. If you delete it, Windows or another program may no longer work correctly". What is the proper way of deleting these files?
  2. Rollin' Rog

    Rollin' Rog

    Dec 9, 2000
    You can do a "partial" cleanup of the TIF folder by going to the Internet applet in the Control Panel, preferably after a fresh boot and before you have opened Internet Explorer. Under Internet Options you can delete the Temporary Internet Cache, History, and offline files.

    There is another, more complete way, and that is to do it in DOS.

    These directions are for Win98 or 95 and include other folders as well:

    Try this drill for doing a DOS level cleanup of your cache. It's more thorough than Windows.

    Click Start>Shutdown>Restart in MS-DOS mode.

    At the c:\windows\> prompt enter each bold line:

    deltree tempor~1
    deltree temp
    deltree history
    deltree locals~1\tempor~1

    (you may get an error message on this last one (locals~1), just skip to "exit" if you do, it just means you don't have that directory)

    Enter smartdrv first or the process will take a very long time. For each deltree, confirm by entering 'y' if the target directory is correct.

    If you have WinME you must use a boot disk to reach an a:> prompt first. Then enter: cd c:\windows so that you are at the c:\windows> prompt when you begin.
  3. Wet Chicken

    Wet Chicken

    Sep 11, 2000
    ...also deltree tempor~1 may take a few minutes to run, but don't worry your computer didn't hang on you, it's just a big file sometimes to delete ;)
  4. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

    May 12, 2002
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    Open the TEMPORARY INTERNET FILES folder in the C:\WINDOWS folder, click Edit - Select All - File - Delete - Yes. This will empty the TIF folder of all its contents.

    Open an Internet Explorer window, click Tools - Internet Options - General(tab) - Settings, set the slider to 20 MB, click OK - Apply - OK. This will prevent the cache of temporary internet files from building up to a huge amount.

    Frank's Windows 95/98 Tips
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