Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Is it safe to delete everything in the TEMP folder?

01 Jun 2017   #1
ubose

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Is it safe to delete everything in the TEMP folder?

I found that there more than 7,000 files taking up almost 5GB in my hard drive in the TEMP folder. The folder path is the following. It is a Windows 7 64-bit computer.
C:\Users\Windows User\AppData\Local\Temp

Is it to safe to delete all these files?

Thank you.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
01 Jun 2017   #2
torchwood

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
 
 

Hi UBose,
That shouldn't be a problem.

Little tool to do it
TFC (temporary file cleaner) by old timer

TFC Download

use it all the time

Roy
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Jun 2017   #3
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu
 
 

Should be safe enough, although some of the tools that are available including Ccleaner apply a 24 hour buffer. The ensures that only files 24 hours and more are deleted, thus lessening the chance of accidently trying to, or actually deleting a file, still in use.

This is an arbitrary figure of course and at least in CCleaner it can be disabled in settings, but is something to consider
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

01 Jun 2017   #4
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

Another great tool is uncleaner its cleanes more than others saflely you have more than one temp folder some wont dlete as they may be in use UnCleaner – The Unnecessary Files Cleaner Solution - Josh Cell Softwares
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Jun 2017   #5
ubose

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I have Ccleaner, and so I ran it to clean up. It found more than just in the \AppData\Local\Temp folder, and so I cleaned up almost 12 GB. Thanks for your tips.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Jun 2017   #6
jacek11

32 bit Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Yes you can delete all you want in the temp folder as these are just temporary files that are not used anymore.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Jun 2017   #7
cosmicanddavid

 
 

my opion on system cleaners varies but to me ccleaner does a good job i always do it first thing in the morning with revo uninstaller in safe mode old timer temp cleaner is good never heard of uncleaner i be happy if it free if it asking for a key to activate it then it going and uninstalled straight away rogue product to avoid systemninja auslogics boostspeed and glary utilities do too much of system pc deep clean that actually destroys your pc in seconds so i would avoid them i would delete components and logs from it the folder prefetch is safe as well the software distrubution folder daily as well do not delete system32 files or winsz files or you be ruined beyond repair you been warned!!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Jun 2017   #8
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

I use Glary Utilities for cleaning out my temporary files as part of my routine scans with it.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Jun 2017   #9
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

I'll express a single caveat which is that it's safe to delete files that other programs saved in the TEMP folder but it's possible that you could have placed some files in there as a temporary measure and then forgot about them. In that case, you might want to take a look at those files to determine if you need them or not.

In most cases though, only files of a temporary nature are put in the TEMP folder so there's no reason not to delete them.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Jun 2017   #10
Khzyvfonhes

Win7Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ubose View Post
I found that there more than 7,000 files taking up almost 5GB in my hard drive in the TEMP folder. The folder path is the following. It is a Windows 7 64-bit computer.
C:\Users\Windows User\AppData\Local\Temp

Is it to safe to delete all these files?

Thank you.
Yep! Make a shortcut to access that folder on your desktop, or anywhere you like.

Enter the folder then:

Ctrl+A, then Ctrl+D.

Some files may be left, like your AV temp file. Just leave those.

You can also write a batch file to do the dirty work.

You might as well make one directed to the C:\Windows\Temp directory, and delete those also.

I also use CCleaner, however, I still remove the temp file first.

There are just certain tasks, I prefer to do manually:

My Temp files, Service configs, and ANY registry work. I don't trust 3rd party software to do these.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Is it safe to delete everything in the TEMP folder?




Thread Tools




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Is it safe to delete the files in C:\Windows\Temp?
I used WizTree to take a look at the files that are taking up the most space on the hard drive, and in the C:\Windows\Temp folder there are 135 files with the name "cab_" followed by a number. These files don't have an extension though. But they all have the same file size (117.1 MB) As you can see...
General Discussion
Is it safe to delete the roaming folder?
Hi, im just wondering if it's safe to delete the roaming folder at: C:\Users\User\AppData my roaming folder is taking up a lot of space, 35 gb to be exact.
Performance & Maintenance
Is it safe to delete Temp files with long numbers in front?
Hello Guys and Gals - hope someone out there can help? I have noticed that my laptop is not operating up to par over the past few months - HP Pavilion g7 4 GB Memory x64 Windows 7 - bought in Jan 2012. Periodically things don't work right - Sep'12 on I experienced Blue screen and now when...
Performance & Maintenance
Need Help Extremely Large Files in Windows-Temp Folder Cannot Delete
Okay I will do my best to try and explain this clearly. I had one laptop hard drive crash/fail on me...so I purchased a new laptop and transferred all my files over via a window's backup and crash plan backup to make sure I got everything. Now the new laptop is having the same issue as the old...
Performance & Maintenance
cannot delete folder (even safe mode)
Strange issue. In my downloads folder, I had one folder of icons from an unziped zip file (clean of antivirus or spyware). Strange enough, I now cannot delete the actual folder and sub-folders! I even replicated this in safe mode too. I am on an admin account as well and have full permissions "all"...
General Discussion


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:54.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App