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Windows 7: Cleaning your HD

30 Mar 2009   #1

 
 
Cleaning your HD

Can any1 help?

I'm trying to locate where ALL the temp files are on my HD so I can delete them manually (Disk Cleanup just doesn't do enough).

I already clean C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Local\Temp & C:\windows\temp but I also want to delete any backups of 'Updates' that windows downloads but dont know where they're stored.

I don't want to resort to using 3rd party software to delete files as some of them I don't trust 100%.


If any1 can help it would be superb


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30 Mar 2009   #2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

%SystemRoot%\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download

Hope it helps
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31 Mar 2009   #3

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
%SystemRoot%\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download

Hope it helps
Excellent, thanks
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01 Apr 2009   #4

Win 7
 
 

Everytime you install/upgrade a driver a copy is stored, so you may want to delete older copies.

%systemroot%\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository
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02 Apr 2009   #5

Win7 7201 x64
 
 

Can you delete everything in both the folders without problems?
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02 Apr 2009   #6

Win 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by penguin17 View Post
Can you delete everything in both the folders without problems?
As long as you can get drivers elsewhere for the devices you connect then no it is not a problem, they are there more for convenience.

BTW if your looking for more locations to save some space check out this guide(should apply to 7) Tips to Slim Down Vista My Digital Life
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02 Apr 2009   #7

7600.20510 x86
 
 

If you scroll down to the comments of that link, people are saying not to delete file repository because it renders devices unusable, like usb sticks.
I'd be wary of this one.
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02 Apr 2009   #8

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Open windows explorer and use the search bar to search for "temp" and that will locate all the temp folders for you.
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