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Windows 7: Those pesky temp files


19 Dec 2009   #1

 
Those pesky temp files

What are we supposed to do with temp files?

With compelling names like a81df204-8d65-4a94-8ebb-145b3c68a909, one is never quite sure what it is, or what will happen if it is deleted. They pile up in drifts like winter snowbanks but no spring sunshine ever seems to melt them away.

OTOH, if they have no value at all, why does the system natively hoard them?


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19 Dec 2009   #2

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RogerR View Post
What are we supposed to do with temp files?

With compelling names like a81df204-8d65-4a94-8ebb-145b3c68a909, one is never quite sure what it is, or what will happen if it is deleted. They pile up in drifts like winter snowbanks but no spring sunshine ever seems to melt them away.

OTOH, if they have no value at all, why does the system natively hoard them?
Do a disc cleanup. The system will remove anything that is not needed. Go to C drive than properties.
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19 Dec 2009   #3

 

I do that from time to time when I have nothing but time on my hands.

However case in point: C:\Windows\Temp has 13MB in 81 folders and 60 files, yet disk cleanup offers only to remove 1.8MB of files and even that is not by default, since the Temporary files checkbox must be manually toggled.

This further enhances the perception that a lot of these files are useful or necessary. And this is an installation that is only a month old. Imagine what it might look like for an average user after a year or two.
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19 Dec 2009   #4

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RogerR View Post
I do that from time to time when I have nothing but time on my hands.

However case in point: C:\Windows\Temp has 13MB in 81 folders and 60 files, yet disk cleanup offers only to remove 1.8MB of files and even that is not by default, since the Temporary files checkbox must be manually toggled.

This further enhances the perception that a lot of these files are useful or necessary. And this is an installation that is only a month old. Imagine what it might look like for an average user after a year or two.
Do you clikc on clean up system files, also. It is on bottom left.
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19 Dec 2009   #5

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19 Dec 2009   #6

 
 

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+1
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19 Dec 2009   #7

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cheeriokilla View Post
+1
Me bad, I must go with CC Cleaner, too.
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19 Dec 2009   #8

 

I know I can (and do) delete files in this way - but its still angst-inducing for typical users to root out temp files on various drives.

Most (all?) of these files have a fairly short useful half-life. Can't the Temp folder be auto-programmed to self-purge files after a certain age?
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19 Dec 2009   #9

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It is not a function of Windows to delete/purge temp files, these are created when installing a program or update, and they should have been deleted by the installer. I often go through the temp folders and delete everything that I can, but I have had instances in which I wasn't able to with certain files, because they were apparently still being used, even after the installation was complete. I really don't think that there is a way to avoid collecting these, because there are too many programs poorly written, and don't clean up after themselves.

EDIT: I remember that there was a method of using del/deltree commands automatically on boot to empty these folders, but I can't remember exactly how that was done, or if it would work on Windows 7 in the same fashion.
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19 Dec 2009   #10
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i am a vista user, so i'm not certain if there is a way in Windows 7 that can hide files and folders. can someone clarify this?
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