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

Update - Sept 2017 - Do not use CCleaner its been hacked
Read my post on CCleaner containing malware and an alternative.


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.   

The Windows 7 Temp folder is located at:

cd %HOMEDRIVE%%HOMEPATH%\AppData\Local\Temp

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


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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While it is safe to delete these files, it is best not to do this while installing or uninstalling anything.
BleachBit 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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Thorough Disk Cleanup (PREFERRED METHOD)


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) 

4. After, Click on Delete Files to confirm the action.

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Manually Clear the Temp Folder

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. Search for Run and click.
Type %temp% and press Enter  and then do  
Type %windir%\Temp and press Enter. 

Select all files and click Shift + Del key.
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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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.

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
run no services generating temporary locked files.

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Close the Temp folder when done.


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

  3. very informative ... keep it up

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

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

  6. thanks dude that helped me alot

  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 ;)

  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...

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

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  11. Hello friends, just try long path tool.its really helpful and awesome.

  12. Thanks,
    I worked and now my PC is working fast & better...

  13. thanks its 100% working...........

  14. whenever i am trying to select all the temporary files through #temp# my PC is getting hanged up.

    1. you can use the command prompt to delete the file or you can use 3rd party cleaner like ccleaner as mentioned above

  15. saurav
    re: "...files through #temp# my PC is getting hanged up"
    you either do not have folder options set to view hidden and system files,
    or have many many files - so many that the system can't process them all quickly,
    (I once had a folder where I used WINRAR incorrectly -
    told it to split the archive into files and made a typo, -
    so instead of making a few files of 15 megabytes each -
    it made over ten thousand files of 15 bytes each -
    it took almost ten minutes to display them in windows GUI)

    hope this helps

    best regards