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Deleting Temp Files


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#1 Dog watch

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Posted 28 January 2006 - 10:09 PM

I Have Windows XP SP2 and IE Browser.

When I Type in %temp% and open the Temp Folder is it OK to Delete all the files or should I check each File and Delete to be safe?

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Posted 29 January 2006 - 02:18 AM

I have never had a problem deleting all the files in the temp folder and i do it fairly often. There is a program that does the cleaning for you as you specify in the settings called CCleaner. it has an option in the advanced section to only delete temp files older than 48 hours. This is set by default in this program. Furthermore this is free software and clean of any spyware or adware.
Most cleanup programs like this will by default delete the contents of these folders for you, so it won't hurt a thing to delete them.

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Posted 29 January 2006 - 09:13 AM

There is no reason to hesitate in deleting all the temp files you have found, but beware of many of the appplications that can be used to clean up old files, as they may- - -unless you are careful and know what they are doing- - - clean too much and leave you with a disabled operating system.
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Posted 29 January 2006 - 10:12 AM

ATF Cleaner by Atribune for XP and Windows 2000 is a good cleaning tool.

On the other hand, as jgweed noted, there are programs that can be very aggressive and clean too much.
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Posted 30 January 2006 - 09:28 AM

I have never had a problem deleting all the files in the temp folder and i do it fairly often. There is a program that does the cleaning for you as you specify in the settings called CCleaner. it has an option in the advanced section to only delete temp files older than 48 hours. This is set by default in this program. Furthermore this is free software and clean of any spyware or adware.
Most cleanup programs like this will by default delete the contents of these folders for you, so it won't hurt a thing to delete them.


I also use CCleaner. BUT, beware of it's advanced functions! It's a very powerful tool, and you can hose your system using it (been there, done that). The Cleaner functions are generally safe to use as is - but be very careful with the Tools, Issues, and Options buttons!
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Posted 30 January 2006 - 09:32 AM

I back up my registry once a week to CD. Not just to restore an "Oops!" from Ccleaner, but in case your registry becomes corrupted.
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