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Windows 7: Disk Cleanup and Temporary Files

27 Dec 2009   #1
soonertiger2012

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
 
 
Disk Cleanup and Temporary Files

I had a question about the Disk Cleanup in Windows 7 Home Premium:

The disk cleanup box says, "You can safely delete temporary files that have not been modified in over a week."

When I run disk cleanup, does it only delete files older than one week or all of them? I want to make sure that disk cleanup won't delete something that it should not delete.

Just upgraded from Vista to 7 and love Windows 7 already!


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27 Dec 2009   #2
richc46

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Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by soonertiger2012 View Post
I had a question about the Disk Cleanup in Windows 7 Home Premium:

The disk cleanup box says, "You can safely delete temporary files that have not been modified in over a week."

When I run disk cleanup, does it only delete files older than one week or all of them? I want to make sure that disk cleanup won't delete something that it should not delete.

Just upgraded from Vista to 7 and love Windows 7 already!
You will be ok it is very selective. If it deletes cookies from websites etc and you have to sign in again. Come back I will tell you how to avoid it in the future, but go now and use it.
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28 Dec 2009   #3
Victek

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by soonertiger2012 View Post
I had a question about the Disk Cleanup in Windows 7 Home Premium:

The disk cleanup box says, "You can safely delete temporary files that have not been modified in over a week."

When I run disk cleanup, does it only delete files older than one week or all of them? I want to make sure that disk cleanup won't delete something that it should not delete.

Just upgraded from Vista to 7 and love Windows 7 already!
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The only time I have ever experienced a problem with clearing temp files was during an application install that required a reboot - files that were needed to finish the process were deleted and the install failed (so I just ran it again). That was years ago though and has never been a problem with Vista or 7 in my experience. I occasionally use Ccleaner which is much more aggressive then Disk Cleanup and I have not had problems with it either. Just be aware if you delete all the cookies you will need to re-enter previously saved passwords for websites.
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28 Dec 2009   #4
Crispy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Service Pack 1 (Build 6.1.7601)
 
 

IF you are going to clean temp files yourself use CCleaner, I wouldn't use the one that comes with Windows: CCleaner - Home
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28 Dec 2009   #5
richc46

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Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Crispy View Post
IF you are going to clean temp files yourself use CCleaner, I wouldn't use the one that comes with Windows: CCleaner - Home

Cannot comment on CC cleaner, but since windows 98, I never had a problem using the built in windows cleaner.
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07 Jan 2010   #6
meanhoe

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit RTM
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Crispy View Post
IF you are going to clean temp files yourself use CCleaner, I wouldn't use the one that comes with Windows: CCleaner - Home
+1 i've been using CCleaner for ages now and i love it. make sure you go into settings and make check the top 3 options. it will clean your temp files when you boot up and you can do so easily just by right clicking on your Trash Bin.
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08 Apr 2014   #7
kwangso123

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by soonertiger2012 View Post
I had a question about the Disk Cleanup in Windows 7 Home Premium:

The disk cleanup box says, "You can safely delete temporary files that have not been modified in over a week."

When I run disk cleanup, does it only delete files older than one week or all of them? I want to make sure that disk cleanup won't delete something that it should not delete.

Just upgraded from Vista to 7 and love Windows 7 already!
I never have problem deleting old temp files, but yes; use tools just to be safe........
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08 Apr 2014   #8
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Welcome to the Seven Forums, kwangso123.

This is an old thread...

The native disk cleanup tool can remove some old Windows Updates/Patches files now :-)
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08 Apr 2014   #9
kwangso123

Windows 7
 
 

OK.....thanks

I don't know that :P
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08 Apr 2014   #10
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Windows disk cleanup is rather more conservative than CCleaner in that CCleaner deletes temp files older than 24 hours rather than a week. Even so I have had no problems with CCleaner.
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