Clearing Out Temporary Files in Windows: A Simple Guide

Clearing Out Temporary Files in Windows: A Simple Guide

Hey there! Today, I want to share a step-by-step guide on how you can easily delete those pesky temporary files cluttering up your Windows computer. Trust me, I’ve been there before—I know how frustrating it can be when your computer starts slowing down for seemingly no reason. But fear not! Clearing out these unnecessary files can be a quick and effective way to give your computer a boost.

Now, before we dive into the steps, you might be wondering, “What exactly are temporary files?” Great question! Temporary files are basically like the random bits and bobs that accumulate on your computer while you’re using it. They serve a temporary purpose and are meant to be deleted once they’re no longer needed. However, sometimes these files stick around and take up valuable space on your hard drive, causing your computer to run slower than it should.

Alrighty then, let’s get down to business! To delete these temporary files, follow the simple steps below:

1. First, I want you to press the “Windows key” on your keyboard along with the “R” key. This will bring up the “Run” dialog box.

2. In the “Run” dialog box, type in “%temp%” (without the quotes) and hit enter. This will open up the folder that stores all your temporary files.

3. Now, you’ll see a whole bunch of files and folders in this temporary files folder. Don’t worry, it’s not as overwhelming as it seems! Simply press “Ctrl+A” on your keyboard to select all the files and folders.

4. Once everything is selected, go ahead and hit the “Delete” key on your keyboard. A confirmation box might pop up asking if you’re sure you want to delete these files. Just click “Yes” to proceed.

5. Boom! You’ve done it! You just cleared out your temporary files. Give yourself a pat on the back, my friend!

Now, keep in mind that some files might be in use by certain programs, and you might not be able to delete them right away. But don’t worry, you can just skip those files and move on to the next step.

In addition to clearing out the temporary files folder, I also recommend regularly running a disk cleanup utility to ensure your computer is running smoothly. Windows has its own built-in disk cleanup tool, which you can access by following these simple steps:

1. Press the “Windows key” on your keyboard and type in “Disk Cleanup”, then hit enter. This will open up the disk cleanup utility.

2. In the utility window, select the drive you want to clean up (usually the “C:” drive) and click “OK”.

3. The disk cleanup tool will now scan your drive and calculate how much space can be freed up. Once it’s done, you’ll see a list of items that can be deleted.

4. Go ahead and check the boxes next to the types of files you want to delete. If you’re unsure, don’t worry—the tool provides descriptions of each file type to help you make an informed decision.

5. After selecting the files you want to delete, click “OK” and then click “Delete Files” in the confirmation box that pops up.

And there you have it! By clearing out your temporary files and running a disk cleanup, you’re taking proactive steps to optimize the performance of your Windows computer. Remember to do this regularly to keep your computer running smoothly and efficiently.

I hope this guide has been helpful to you. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. Happy file cleaning!

How To Delete Temporary Files in Windows

Windows is getting better, but it’s still not quite there in terms of efficiency. It likes to hold onto files and folders as if they were valuable, making multiple copies just in case. Usually, this isn’t a problem, but if your computer is running slow or you need more disk space, it can become an issue. That’s why I want to show you how to delete temporary files in Windows.

You have three options. You can manually delete temporary files, take advantage of a new Windows 10 feature, or use an app. Personally, I use an app, but I’ll teach you how to do it yourself if you’re interested.

Delete temporary files in Windows

Deleting temporary files in Windows is harmless. It’s just like taking out the trash – clearing out the stuff that Windows downloaded, used, and doesn’t need anymore.

  1. Press the Windows key + R to open the run dialog.
  2. Type or paste ‘%temp%’ into the box and press Enter. This will take you to C:\Users\Username\AppData\Local\Temp. If you prefer, you can manually navigate there by replacing ‘Username’ with your own username.
  3. Press Ctrl + A to select all and hit Delete.

You might see a message that says ‘File in use’. Just select ‘Skip’ and let the process finish. If you see multiple warnings, check the box that says ‘apply to all’ and hit ‘Skip’.

You can also go to C:\Windows\Temp and delete files from there for some extra space. And if you have 64-bit Windows, there’s another folder in C:\Program Files (x86)\Temp that you can clear out. Windows really loves to hoard things, doesn’t it?

Disk cleanup in Windows

If you find that you need more space, you can perform a disk cleanup to see what else you can safely get rid of.

  1. Right-click on a hard drive in Windows Explorer and select ‘Properties’.
  2. Click on ‘Disk Clean-up’.
  3. Check all the boxes with over 20MB listed in the center box.
  4. Select ‘OK’ and then confirm in the next window.
  5. Click on ‘Disk Clean-up’ again.
  6. Select ‘Clean up system files’ and check all the boxes over 20MB.
  7. Click ‘OK’ and confirm in the next window.

This should clean up most of the easily accessible files on your hard drive. If you recently upgraded Windows or installed patches, cleaning out system files could free up several gigabytes of disk space.

If you have more than one hard drive, repeat the process for each one. It takes a little while, but it can free up a significant amount of disk space if you’ve never done it before.

Storage sense

If you’re using Windows 10 Creators Update, there’s a new feature called Storage sense that can help with all of this. It was introduced in the last big update but not many people know about it. It’s Microsoft’s way of making Windows more efficient. It will automatically delete the contents of the Temp files and Recycle bin after 30 days, which should work for most users.

  1. Right-click on the Windows start button and select ‘Settings’.
  2. Click on ‘System’ and then ‘Storage’ in the left menu.
  3. Toggle ‘Storage sense’ to on beneath the list of attached drives.
  4. Click on the text link that says ‘Change how we free up space’.
  5. Make sure both toggles are set to on.

From now on, Windows 10 will automatically clean out your Temp folder and the Recycle bin every 30 days.

Use an app to delete temporary files in Windows

Regular TechJunkie readers probably know that I often recommend CCleaner. It’s a great tool that comes in both free and premium versions and does everything I’ve talked about here, and more. It’s definitely worth a download. There are other file cleaners out there, and some of them are very good, but I personally find CCleaner to be the easiest to use and the fact that it’s free is a bonus.

  1. Download and install CCleaner on your computer.
  2. Open CCleaner and go to the Cleaner tab.
  3. Click on ‘Analyze’ at the bottom and let the process finish.
  4. Click on ‘Run Cleaner’ to clear out the space.

CCleaner has the advantage of cleaning all of your drives at once and it only takes a few seconds to do so. There are other system cleaners out there, but this is the one I personally use and recommend to my IT clients.

So, there you have it – a couple of ways to delete temporary files in Windows. There are many other methods for freeing up disk space, but we’ll save those for another day. I hope you find this information helpful!

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