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Windows TEMP folder

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by eight_bit8, Feb 6, 2003.

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  1. eight_bit8

    eight_bit8 Thread Starter

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    Can I just delete this folder, Its taking up 7 freakin gigs
     
  2. SexyTech

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    Hi there!

    You would do better running the "Disk Cleanup" from the System Tools Menu or going into Windows Explorer and selecting everything in it and deleting it that way...

    Then again, at a Dos Prompt toy could deltree the folder and then re-create it. Be careful of "DelTree" though!


    Good Luck!

    ST
     
  3. WhitPhil

    WhitPhil Gone but never forgotten Trusted Advisor

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    This is \Windows\Temp????

    Seven (7) GBs?????

    Have you looked to see what files are in there?

    That is overly huge unless you have had this PC for a while, done numerous (too many to count) installs and never, ever deleted any files here.

    In general, files and directories in this folder are exactly that, TEMPorary, and can thus be deleted.
    But, before I blew away 7GBs of data, I think I would have a look through them first.
    I "have" seen a post, where it was recommended that this folder be deleted, AND, they had used this as their default install folder (a la Program Files). :)
     
  4. Davey7549

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    eight_bit8
    If you want to be extremely careful you can navigate to C:\Window\Temp folder and only delete any files that have a date older then the date you are doing the cleanup. Make sure you open all the subfolders listed to explore for deletions there.

    Dave
     
  5. jm100dm

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    I have read often that you can delete anything that is at least a day old. To do this you could open the file and list by date. Then select a start point (example Jan31) and Scroll to the bottom and hit your delete key. It will take a few minutes for that much to be deleted. If unsure search this site for delete temp files and see what others have suggested.

    From a post by Frank.

    If you have not upgraded anything in 2-1/2 years, besides the fact that your computer is lacking numerous updates for Windows and Internet Explorer, I'm sure that it's loaded with temporary and other trash files that need to be deleted. You will find them under:

    *.TMP

    C:\TEMP\*.* (If this folder exists)

    C:\WINDOWS\TEMP\*.*
     
  6. eight_bit8

    eight_bit8 Thread Starter

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    Thats right.
    2 years, and I installed tons of crap. Never deleted it
     
  7. SexyTech

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    If that is the case, then TRY running "Disk Cleanup" and just letting it go until it's dumped what it needs to.

    START--Programs--Accessories--System Tools--"Disk Cleanup"

    It will prompt you to dump all the stuff like Temp files that are more than a week or so old I believe!

    It's something that should be done like onve a month or so!
     
  8. eight_bit8

    eight_bit8 Thread Starter

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    I tried that, but it said it could only clear up 248 megs
     
  9. jm100dm

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    If your drive is large enough increase the size of the recycle bin for now. Right click then properties.
     
  10. WhitPhil

    WhitPhil Gone but never forgotten Trusted Advisor

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    If it is really 7GBs, it will take "a ton" of time, no matter how you try and delete it.
    But, I would recommend from DOS.

    Shutdown > Restart to DOS and enter

    Smartdrv
    Deltree c:\Windows\Temp

    I would also suggest

    Deltree C:\recycled
    Deltree c:\windows\tempor~1
    Deltree c:\Windows\history
    Deltree C:\Windows\cookies

    The latter 3 will clean out the Temporary Internet Files (browser cache), History and Cookies.
    As a result, you will need to re-logon to any Internet Site that requires a password.

    After you enter each of the Deltree commands, respond with a "Y" after confirming that the folder name is correct.

    You can enter the next command, after DOS responds with another C:\ prompt.
     
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