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Windows 7: Can I safely empty C:\WINDOWS\TEMP folder?


28 Dec 2012   #1

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Can I safely empty C:\WINDOWS\TEMP folder?

I think temp folders are just for temporary things. But my C:\WINDOWS\TEMP folder is full of files!! More than 500MB in total.

Can I safely empty C:\WINDOWS\TEMP folder?

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28 Dec 2012   #2

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28 Dec 2012   #3

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Just one word of caution, make sure all apps are closed or at least have no unsaved data before you clear any temp or TMP folders - just in case
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28 Dec 2012   #4

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I know I most close every application. I don't need extra software to achieve what I want. I just want to know if it's safe to empty C:\WINDOWS\TEMP folder in windows 7. Maybe someone has a reference link to some prove?
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28 Dec 2012   #5

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

FWIW: I have been deleting whatever files are in the windows\temp folder for a really long time. Sometimes it says that It can't delete one or more because they are in use and I just unmark them for deletion and it works fine.

I don't know where there would be an official reference to the Temp folder that would give you the warm fuzzy on deleting files. I always have an image of my C drive whenever I do something that I am not 100% sure.

Rich
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28 Dec 2012   #6

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Here is a warm and fuzzy method.
Disk Cleanup : Extended
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28 Dec 2012   #7

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
Here is a warm and fuzzy method.
Disk Cleanup : Extended
I tried it.... and C:\windows\temp is still filled up with a lot of files. It did delete NONE of them
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28 Dec 2012   #8

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Check your temp folders and see if they are empty.
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28 Dec 2012   #9

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
Check your temp folders and see if they are empty.
I did clean %temp% folder located under userprofile.
I'm talking about issues on c:\windows\temp folder
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28 Dec 2012   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

I would say yes but i recommend you wait for someone with a bit more expertise in this area
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