Wednesday, March 28, 2018

How To Really Get Rid Of Those Useless Temp Files

Here's something I do whenever I want to be 100% sure I've deleted as many temp files as possible, since I've seen Disk Cleanup leave stuff behind every so often.

    1. Click on the Start button.

    1. Click on Computer (My Computer on XP).

      1. Click on the Organize menu near the top left corner of the window (Folder Options on XP).

      2. Click on Folder and Search options.

      3. Click on the View tab

      4. In the Advanced Settings section navigate to Files and Folders \ Hidden files and folders, click on the Show hidden files, folders, or drives radio button and uncheck the Hide protected operating system files option. When you do this last step you'll get a dialog box stating that deleting or editing protected system files can make your computer inoperable. Click on the Yes button to follow through with unchecking that option. Don't worry; we'll be careful.

      5. Click on the OK button to close the Folder Options window.

    1. Double-click on the C: drive to open it.

    1. Double-click on the Users folder (Documents and Settings on XP).

    1. Look for your user profile and open it.

    1. Navigate to AppData \ Local \ Microsoft \ Windows \ Temporary Internet Files (Local Settings \ Temporary Internet Files on XP).

  1. Select all the folders and files you see in there and delete them.

You're bound to get a message that some folder or file cannot be deleted due to it being used. Don't worry. Just press the CTRL key while you click on the offending folder or file and continue deleting the rest of the files. If you again get the same error message on a different folder or file repeat the same process above to unselect it and continue deleting. Once you're done there should only be a few folders and files under Temp. A lot better than the hundreds you probable started with. Now let's continue.

    1. Click on the left arrow located in the upper left-hand side of the window until you're back in the AppData \ Local folder (Local Settings on XP).

    1. Double-click on the Temp folder and delete everything in it. Again, as explained above, unselect any folders or files that are being used and delete the rest.

    1. Once again, click on the left arrow to go back to the AppData folder (The root of your user folder on XP).

    1. Navigate to Roaming \ Microsoft \ Windows \ Cookies (On XP the Cookies folder is located within the root of your user folder.).

    1. Delete any folder and file you see in there.

    1. Click on the C: drive, navigate to Windows \ Temp and delete every folder and file you see in there.

  1. Go to the Desktop and empty the Recycle Bin.

Don't forget to follow step 2 to go back and put a check mark on the Hide protected operating system files option.

Arturo Rubio has worked in the Information Technology field for more than 14 years. He's also a freelance writer and has written about computers, photography and history.


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