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What To Delete?

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#1 cj500


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Posted 17 November 2005 - 06:50 PM

I am doing some housekeeping through 'answers that work', at one point it says :

" delete all files in your C:\WINDOWS\TEMP folder, but do not delete any subdirectories"

I'm not sure what to delete and what to leave in this folder, what are subdirectories, can anyone help, cheers

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Posted 17 November 2005 - 07:10 PM

Generally anything in the temp folder that is not today's date should be safe to delete. If you want to be safe, copy the files you are worried about to another location, empty the temp folder and if after a few dates no program asks for the files you copied to another location, you can delete the copies.

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Posted 17 November 2005 - 07:18 PM

Thanks, will do

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Posted 17 November 2005 - 07:37 PM

A directory is another name for a folder.
So it's basically telling you to delete anything in this folder, except for other folders.
Files are OK to delete.
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Posted 17 November 2005 - 08:58 PM

A good set of general rules for deleting stuff (of any kind) is to:
1) Move (don't delete) only a few places at any one time (so you can remember what you've done)
2) Don't delete anything - just move it to another folder in another place. Leave it there for a week or two - then delete it to the Recycle Bin.
3) Don't empty your Recycle Bin - let it empty itself. This way the files will be around if you need them later on (until they're finally deleted from the Bin).

This way you've got a cushion - just in case something goes wrong - then you can move them back and all will be well!
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