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February 4, 2007 at 09:44:18
Specs: Win XP, 1.1/128

The Temp folder in my windows "In my windows\Documents and settings\Administrator\Local Settings\ Temp folder" the size of this hidden temp folder is 2 GB due to which size of free space of my hard disk has reduced. Can i delete the contents of this folder. Thanks

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February 4, 2007 at 14:18:15

Gizmo1,

Do you use CCleaner? If not, you should check it out. Not only does it clear out garbage files (temp internet, history, cookies, temp files, index.dat, etc), but you can also use it to clean the registry, delete unnecessary startup programs, or uninstall programs. And you can customize the cleanup...for example, you can uncheck the box next to cookies if you'd rather they weren't deleted.

Yes, there are various ways of doing all the above with the OS, but why go thru several steps when all you have to do is click a few times & you're done? or just right click on the recycle bin & run it from there?

IMO, CCleaner is one of the best free programs to come along in a LONG time.



#1
February 4, 2007 at 10:25:51

Yes you can. In fact, there are those who advocate doing so at least once a month. Here are a couple of options:

Option 1
1. Click Start | My Computer.
2. Right-click the desired hard drive and click Properties.
3. On the General tab, click the Disk Cleanup button.
4. The utility will perform a check on your system and eventually display a dialog box showing the different categories of temporary files that can be deleted and the amount of disk space you can gain by deleting the files in each category. Review the dialog box and select the check box next to each category you want to clean up, such as the Temporary files.
5. Complete the wizard and the Temp folder will be cleaned.

-OR--


Option 2
1. Click Start | Run. In the dialog box that appears, type C:\Windows\Temp and click OK.
2. This opens the Temp folder. You can delete everything in the Temp folder, including all subfolders. Click Edit | Select All, then just press DELETE on your keyboard.



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#2
February 4, 2007 at 11:32:51

Here's a better idea...download & install CCleaner, & use it regularly.

http://www.filehippo.com/download_c...



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#3
February 4, 2007 at 12:31:46

Nothing competitive about supplying an option that the first poster hadn't thought off. Just common sense really, especially when it is the better option.

Stuart


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#4
February 4, 2007 at 12:37:14

How is that better? Why install a third party program to do what the OS will already do?

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#5
February 4, 2007 at 13:06:40

You also may want to resize your Cache limit.
http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/del...

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#6
February 4, 2007 at 14:18:15
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Gizmo1,

Do you use CCleaner? If not, you should check it out. Not only does it clear out garbage files (temp internet, history, cookies, temp files, index.dat, etc), but you can also use it to clean the registry, delete unnecessary startup programs, or uninstall programs. And you can customize the cleanup...for example, you can uncheck the box next to cookies if you'd rather they weren't deleted.

Yes, there are various ways of doing all the above with the OS, but why go thru several steps when all you have to do is click a few times & you're done? or just right click on the recycle bin & run it from there?

IMO, CCleaner is one of the best free programs to come along in a LONG time.


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#7
February 4, 2007 at 14:57:15

By definition, those files are 'temporary', so it doesn't (or shouldn't) require a computer science degree to realize that, yes, one can merely delete them

That being said, CCleaner does so very much more, as mentioned, and does so rather effortlessly - so, once again, a 3rd party does something that M$ probably should have included in the OS

I'm not one of those who think Bill Gates is the devil. I simply suspect that if Microsoft ever met up with the devil, it wouldn't need an interpreter.


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#8
February 4, 2007 at 15:03:33

jam

You're right -- CCleaner is a very good program and gardenair might well want to use it. The question that started this thread, however, is not about cookies, startup programs, and registry cleanup. It's about deleting temporary files.
CCleaner is no better at doing that than the two methods dahlin suggested. And, in addition, doing that kind of thing manually is a good way to learn something about the way the system works, IMHO, of course. To each his own, bro.


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#9
February 4, 2007 at 15:10:41

From my end deleting the TEMP folder arbitrarily is not recommended. I always move the contents to a holding folder for a short time to make sure that nothing in Windows misses files created during its installation.

i_XpUser


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#10
February 4, 2007 at 15:11:15

Easy There People! Allow me to rephrase:

Option 1
1. Click Start | My Computer.
2. Right-click the desired hard drive and click Properties.
3. On the General tab, click the Disk Cleanup button.
4. The utility will perform a check on your system and eventually display a dialog box showing the different categories of temporary files that can be deleted and the amount of disk space you can gain by deleting the files in each category. Review the dialog box and select the check box next to each category you want to clean up, such as the Temporary files.
5. Complete the wizard and the Temp folder will be cleaned.

-OR--


Option 2
1. Click Start | Run. In the dialog box that appears, type C:\Windows\Temp and click OK.
2. This opens the Temp folder. You can delete everything in the Temp folder, including all subfolders. Click Edit | Select All, then just press DELETE on your keyboard.
--OR--

Option 3
1. download and install CCleaner here:
http://www.filehippo.com/download_c...
2. install and run -- deletes not only temporary files but a host of others.

Peace!


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#11
February 4, 2007 at 15:19:25

Actually, XP regenerates temp files as necessary.

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#12
February 4, 2007 at 15:38:48

"doing that kind of thing manually is a good way to learn something"

Ah, well - it's those sorts of fictitious 'reasons' that really spell out just who 'lost the argument' (heh - but good effort though)

I'm not one of those who think Bill Gates is the devil. I simply suspect that if Microsoft ever met up with the devil, it wouldn't need an interpreter.


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#13
February 4, 2007 at 17:13:13

I didn't realize it was an argument. Thanks jboy for clearing that up. Fictitious is right -- we certainly don't won't people actually understanding how their os works. That would be terrible!! How would software vendors stay in business then??

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