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Deleting Temporary Files
Posted by Gunnar Þór Jónsson on 09/04/2013 14:53
Question
 

How do I delete temp files in Windows?


 
 Answer
 

This procedure will assist you in deleting temporary Internet files from your Windows temp directories.

 


 

Temporary Internet Files:  
 
Step 1: Click Start, then click Run and type %temp%. Click OK.  A window will appear with many files listed.


Step 2: Delete these files.


 

Note: These files are safe for your to delete.  Some files may not delete and this is common and normal.

For more information on deleting temporary Internet files, refer to this link to Microsoft's knowledgebase: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/260897


System Temp Files:

Note: Make sure that any open programs are shut down first

Step 1: Look on the main hard drive [Usually C:] for the Windows or Winnt folder.  Open this folder.


 

Step 2: Scan down the list for a folder labeled Temp - Delete the contents of this Temp folder. Again, a few files may not be deleted and this is normal.


Maintenance Tip 1:

Step 1: Open the Device Manager


 

Step 2: Review the hardware list to make sure that there are no ! marks or ? marks next to a device.  Such a mark idicates that there is a problem with the device and that a driver may be missing or corrupted.


Maintenance Tip 2:

Visit windows update http://update.microsoft.com on a weekly basis to check for new drivers and program patches. You can also set windows so it checks for these updates automatically.


Maintenance Tip 3:

Keep your hard drive healthy by running disk error-checking on a monthly basis. Disk-error checking, also known as Chkdsk,  can be accessed by opening My Computer, right-click the drive you want to check, then click on Properties, Tools, and Check Now.  Select the desired disk options (Automatically fix file system errors and/or Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors), and click Start.  This application will check your PC for hard disk errors and correct them. This application reduces the possibility for file corruption.

NOTE: Windows 9x users will run Scandisk instead of Disk-error checking.  To run scandisk go to Start,  Programs,  Accessories, System Tools, then  Scandisk.


Maintenance Tip 4:

Defragment your hard disk on a weekly basis. The Defrag program rearranges the files on the hard disk so that the read and write heads do less work.  File clusters are placed in order rather than all over the disk.  Defragmenting a drive speeds up the system and reduces the opportunity for file corruption.


To defragment your disk, click Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools > DiskDefragmenter.  When you run Defrag for the first time you may find that it takes hours. This is normal, especially if it has never been run before.


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