Deleting temp files from Windows®
What is a temp file? How can you delete temp files from Windows?
As new programs and applications are installed as well as uninstalled in your system, a number of files could be included in the system. These files enter into your system in between the performance of the different processes. They are referred to as temporary files or simply temp files. One can usually forget to remove these temporary files after the installation or uninstallation of the applications. As a result, the computer performance slows down as the system gets filled with lots of fragmented files. These files are usually included in the temporary folders that are located in the C drive of the system. These files are usually hidden and you can view them by changing the settings of Windows.
Methods or ways to delete temp folders in Windows:
- Disk Cleanup Wizard
- Using Run command
- By creating a batch file
Disk Cleanup Wizard
In order to delete temporary folders in Windows, you need to select 'Start'. After selecting 'All Programs', you need to select 'Accessories'. There, you would see the 'System Tool' option. By selecting this option, you would get to the 'Disk Cleanup' option. Then you need to select the drive. It would measure the free space in the drive. In the 'Disk Cleanup' window, you need to select the check box for the temporary files. Then press 'Ok'. All the files and folders in the temporary folder would be deleted.
Using 'Run' command
You could use the 'Run' command to delete the temporary folder from your system. To do this, you need to press the 'Start' button and then select 'Run'. In the Run textbox, you need to type %tem%. It would display the temporary folder for your system. After selecting all the files (press 'CTRL + A'), you need to press the 'Delete' button. All files and folders in the temporary folder will be deleted.
To automatically delete all the files from Windows temporary directories, you need to create a batch file. This file contains the command,
rd /s /q %temp%
rd /s /q %systemroot%temp
This should run at the time when you log in. This command not only removes temporary directories but also recreates them as empty folders.
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