Deleting "temp" files


G

Guest

Hello,
Probably a simple question----Would anyone know if I can delete the files
that are in my "temp" folder, under Windows in my Windows Explorer? These
are different files that are "temp" when I go to my "Tools" button that is at
the top of my Internet Explorer (right hand side of page). When at the Tools
in I.E. I can delete some temp. files there but that has no affect on the
files in the "temp" that is listed under Windows in my Windows Explorer.
Okay to delete them all? I have over 6 MB of stuff there. Thank you for any
info.
Jerry
 
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Richard Urban

Temporary files are stored in various places and they must be deleted using
different methods. The best way to delete the temporary internet files is
through I.E. properties. There you can delete all temp files associated with
internet explorer.

You can delete the files from another temp folders by browsing to the
folders, selecting and then deleting the files.

OR, you could use something like CCleaner (free) that will do all the above
for you in one shot.

http://www.ccleaner.com/

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Regards,

Richard Urban
Microsoft MVP Windows Shell/User
(For email, remove the obvious from my address)

Quote from George Ankner:
If you knew as much as you think you know,
You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!
 
G

Guest

Hi Richard,

First of all, thank you very much for responding to my post. So, as long
as any file on my computer is listed as "temp" I can go ahead and delete
them?

Jerry
 
D

dean-dean

You can also go to Start Menu\Programs\Accessories\System Tools, and use
Disk Cleanup to remove the Temporary files. According to Disk Cleanup's
dialog, "You can safely delete temp files that have not been modified in
over a week".
 
J

Jim

Jerry Hughes said:
Hi Richard,

First of all, thank you very much for responding to my post. So, as
long
as any file on my computer is listed as "temp" I can go ahead and delete
them?

Jerry
Yes. The operating system will not allow deletion of files in use; hence
succeeding in deleting a temp file
causes no harm.

The program which created the temp file is supposed to delete them, but some
of the programs don't follow
this principle.

Jim
 
S

Steve Easton

Jerry Hughes said:
Hi Richard,

First of all, thank you very much for responding to my post. So, as long
as any file on my computer is listed as "temp" I can go ahead and delete
them?
Normally right after a reboot "anything" in Temp is safe to delete.
 
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Ken Blake, MVP

Hi Richard,

First of all, thank you very much for responding to my post. So, as long
as any file on my computer is listed as "temp" I can go ahead and delete
them?


Yes. The only temp files that are not safe to delete are those that
are open and in use. But since Windows won't let you delete an open
file, it's safe to (try to) delete them all.
 
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G

Guest

Great, that's 6 ugly megabytes I can get rid of! Ha. Thank you all for your
information. Very helpful.

Jerry
 

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