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Windows 7: Deleting Temporary Files

24 Oct 2010   #1
mackenzie

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
Deleting Temporary Files

When Disk Cleanup is run with "Temporary Files" checked, does Windows 7 only delete files older than one week? Therefore, does this mean I can routinely check this box when running Disk Cleanup?


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24 Oct 2010   #2
richc46

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Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

I have the box checked and have never experienced a problem. I did not check to see the time frame used to delete the files.
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24 Oct 2010   #3
mackenzie

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Thanks, that gives me added confidence.

The comment when highlighting "Temporary Folders" in Disk Cleanup is that "You can safely delete temporary files that have not been modified in over a week".

So I am assuming Windows 7 is smart enough to ensure that only temporary files older than a week are deleted. Otherwise it is not obvious how to determine which are less than a week old in order to keep them. With a new system and wanting to "start off on th eright foot" I would like to confirm this assumption.
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24 Oct 2010   #4
richc46

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Thanks for the rep. I have been using ccleaner. It is really good and you can delete anything that you want. Why not download, give it a try. I will tell you What I have checked to delete and why.
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24 Oct 2010   #5
mackenzie

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

With a new computer with no issues and lots of disk space that is lightening fast, I think I will stay with Windows Disk Cleanup for now. But thanks, whenever I find the system staring to slow down I will try ccleaner. Again, thanks.
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24 Oct 2010   #6
richc46

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Any time you have questions or need help, just post. We will be here for you.
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24 Oct 2010   #7
Maxxwire

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mackenzie View Post
With a new computer with no issues and lots of disk space that is lightening fast, I think I will stay with Windows Disk Cleanup for now. But thanks, whenever I find the system staring to slow down I will try ccleaner. Again, thanks.
Congratulations on your new Win 7 computer! CCleaner will also tell you exactly where the files to be deleted are and even take you to their file folder so that you can verify exactly how old each file is if you are concerned about that.

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