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Windows 7: Deleted Temporary Files in Disc Cleanup - Was This Wrong?

22 May 2016   #11
sml156

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit 7601
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by woodbine View Post
I have just viewed a video on Youtube about optimising PCs, and he said not to check the box to remove temporary files as it causes problems. As I have removed them, what are the likely consequences?
The only thing you will see on YouTube that is true is the amazing things cats can do. Take everything else with a grain of salt.


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26 May 2016   #12
woodbine

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sml156 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by woodbine View Post
I have just viewed a video on Youtube about optimising PCs, and he said not to check the box to remove temporary files as it causes problems. As I have removed them, what are the likely consequences?
The only thing you will see on YouTube that is true is the amazing things cats can do. Take everything else with a grain of salt.
Yes, right on two points; Youtube + large cellar of salt, and feline tomfoolery.

Also, just checked my system restore. Firstly, it is already set to 5% so no adjustments needed. Secondly, a new list of restore points seems to be building up, so all is well.
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26 May 2016   #13
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Deleting temporary files can cause problems but this is most likely to happen when deleting them manually with Windows Explorer or similar utility. An example would be deleting temporary files created by a currently running program.

Disk Cleanup is quite conservative in what it deletes, as it must be. It does not delete all temporary files. The typical Windows user knows little of computers and does not want to learn so aggressive deletion of files would be dangerous. Of course you must use common sense. Checking the "Recycle Bin" option may delete files you may want to recover.

YouTube is hardly an authority in anything. Anyone can post videos about anything, whether they have knowledge of the subject matter or not. I have seen videos that are not only wrong, but dangerously wrong.

Edit: Using Disk Cleanup is about as safe as can reasonably be expected. But safety is always relative. Nothing in this world is absolutely 100% safe.
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26 May 2016   #14
woodbine

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Thanks LMiller7. I'm in the 'knows little of computers' category, so occasionally prey to doom-mongers. You've helped set my mind at rest.
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26 May 2016   #15
alphaniner

Windows 7 Professional x64, Arch Linux
 
 

According to HTG, Disk Cleanup only removes temp files that are a week or more old by default.
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