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is it safe to delete what's in the "temp" folder?

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by jane__doe, Feb 10, 2005.

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  1. jane__doe

    jane__doe Thread Starter

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    i've read that it's safe to delete all that is in ' C:\WINDOWS\Temp\".
    is this true?

    and are there any other similar folders that i can safely wipe clean
    to create more file space on my harddrive?
     
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    JSntgRvr Moderator Malware Specialist

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    Go to Start->Find-Files and Folders. Search in C: for the following strings one by one and delete all files and folders found:

    *.tmp
    C:\Temp\*.*
    C:\Windows\Temp\*.*
     
  3. jane__doe

    jane__doe Thread Starter

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    that's excellent* ..thankyou very much.

    now, after i've deleted everything in those folders.. i've searched "*.tmp" again..
    and it came up with an icon with no file name. it's quite odd, and i've never seen
    it before. is this something i should either delete or worry about?
    is it a result of deleting something i shouldn't have? (ie. should i not empty my recycle
    bin?)

    and, also.. "~DFD8C1.TMP" won't delete.. "access denied. the source file may be
    in use". what should i do about this?



    thanks for your time*,
    jane doe
     
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    JSntgRvr Moderator Malware Specialist

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    Anything with a .tmp file extension or in the C:\Temp, or C:\Windows\Temp folders is safe to remove. Sometimes, a firewall or an anti virus programs, will write a file in any of these folders, which wont delete for being in use. You can try the same process in Safe Mode, and all files will be deleted.
     
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    Jane_Doe:

    Sometimes, a temp file with the current date will resist being deleted. All you have to do is wait and delete it another date. You can be rest assured that everything under:

    *.TMP

    C:\TEMP\*.*

    C:\WINDOWS\TEMP\*.*


    is safe to delete.

    It also helps to reboot before you delete temp files, which usually takes care of those that were currently being used.
     
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