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Deleting Temp Files

By: Arie Slob

When Windows crashes, or lockes-up and you have to use Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart, some temporary files will be left on your disk.

This sometimes also happens when Installation routines of programs don't clean up (properly).

These files will be left in your \Windows\Temp folder.

You can use Windows Explorer to Find and Delete these files. To be on the safe site, don't delete files with today's date, these files could still be in use (most probably you'll get an error telling you that a file can't be deleted because it's in use).

Deleting Temp Files

You can also check your entire hard disk, to see if there are any temp files in other places:

  1. Open Windows Explorer, and select your drive (e.g. C:\)
  2. Press F3, this will open Find
  3. In the Named: box on the Name & Location tab, enter *.tmp
  4. Make sure that the check-box for Include subfolders is checked
  5. Press Find Now

Deleting Temp Files