Tuesday, August 30, 2011

How to Clear Windows 7 Temporary Files in the Temp Folder

How to Clear Windows 7 Temporary Files in the Temp Folder - where .tmp, .docx, .xlsx, .pptx and .pdf are shadowed

Information

The Temp folder is where Windows 7 and programs sometimes store temporary files. Sometimes these files are not deleted after Windows 7 or the program is finished with them. This can cause the temp folder to fill up with junk temp files which may cause Vista to take longer to access the Temp folder and create a slight delay.

This will show you how to clear the Windows 7 temporary files through Disk Cleanup or manually in the Temp folder.   
Note

The Windows 7 Temp folder is located at:

C:\Users\(UserName)\AppData\Local\Temp

You can obtain you current logged on UserName,
if you are not sure by 
Start->Run->Cmd and type 

whoami 


will return domainname\UserName

If you are browsing to this folder, you may need to show AppData and other hidden files, folders and drives. See image below.

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 Warning
While it is safe to delete these files, it is best not to do this while installing or uninstalling anything.
Tip
CCleaner is a free program that is great at keeping the temporary files cleaned up and more.


Example: Windows 7  User Account Temp Folder Location
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METHOD ONE



Through Disk Cleanup

 Note

Disk Cleanup will only delete Temporary files that have not been modified in 7 days. To clear everything, see METHOD TWO below.
1. Open Disk Cleanup.
2. Check Temporary files. (See image below)
3. Click on OK.
4. After, Click on Delete Files to confirm the action.  
Each of the "Files to delete" options are explained here.
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METHOD TWO

Manually Clear the Temp Folder



 Note
The Temp folder is located at the hidden system folder:

C:\Users\(Your Username)\AppData\Local\Temp

If you are browsing to this folder, you may need to show Appdata and other hidden files, folders and drives.

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1. Open the Start Menu.
2. In the white line (Start->Search) area, type %temp% and press Enter.                                                                 NOTE: This is a shortcut and opens the Temp folder.  
3. Delete anything you want in this folder. (See image below) 
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  Warning
If you delete the Low folder, it can prevent you from printing from Internet Explorer. To fix this, close all Internet Explorer windows and reopen Internet Explorer to recreate the Low folder.

You can also manually fix this by recreating the Low folder in the Temp folder below, open a elevated command prompt (Start->Search for "CMD.exe", right-click and run as Administrator.                                                                                
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Then Copy and Paste the command below in the command prompt and press enter.

Code:
 Note
If you receive a File In Use pop-up error message while the files are being deleted, then this just means that one of the temp files is in use by a program right now.
Click check-box Do this for all current items and click Skip to continue deleting the other files, then close all open programs, and repeat the steps above.                                                                                                            
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If you still receive the message, then restart the computer or logoff and logon, and repeat the process again. Furthermore, you can run windows with run no services for hard core cleaning, in case of trojans and virus tracking.                      

4. Generally some residuals temp files will remain, if you have not closed all programs and/or services 
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Extra: Temp folder, ideal state close all programs
 and 
run no services generating temporary locked files.

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Close the Temp folder when done.





14 comments:

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  2. The info you posted above on cleaning up temp files just saved me dearly. Thank you

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  3. very informative ... keep it up

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  4. This was really helpful - my temp folder was HUGE and was seriously impacting my computer's performance. Deleting the files helped a lot.

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  5. I'm downloading Ccleaner now,hope it works,my temp file is 40G lol

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  6. thanks dude that helped me alot

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  7. fastest solution - create .BAT file:

    rmdir c:\users\(your user name)\AppData\Local\Temp /s /q
    rmdir c:\windows\Temp /s /q

    and run - thats all ;)

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  8. i have a querry... while burning disc the files are first saved in c drive anywhere... but dont know where... i have searched in temorary folder also, but cant found.. now these files are consuming my c space .. so please any one tell where to find these files...

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  9. To get your temp folder you dont need to type whoami. you can just run "explorer %temp%"

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