Can (and should) delete the contents of the TEMP folder?

The TEMP folder contains temporary files that take up a lot of space. Should they be removed, or something terrible will happen?

One of the most common problems faced by novice users is the lack of space on the system partition. For the needs of Windows, as a rule, little space is allocated relative to other sections on which games and multimedia files are stored. This leads to the fact that the operating system starts to slow down. To avoid this, you need to understand what exactly eats up free gigabytes on the system partition. 

Where is the “Temp” folder and what is it for

One of the most voracious consumers of disk space is temporary files. They are regularly created during the operation of the operating system and over the years they can grow to tens of gigabytes. Their habitat is the system folder “Temp”… It stores some data that is created during manipulations with the operating system or various programs. We need this folder in order to save user time, as well as RAM, which is always in short supply. That is, temporary files are the results of certain calculations that may be required when the operation is repeated. Most of these files are deleted automatically at the end of the operation, but none have canceled system crashes or an emergency shutdown of the computer. Therefore, it is periodically necessary to get rid of temporary files.  

You can find the folder with temporary files at:  C: \ Windows \ Temp. However, by default it is hidden from the user’s eyes.

In order to find the “Temp” folder , you need to make hidden files visible.

  • Press the key combination on the keyboard Win + R  and in the window that appears, enter the command ” control “.
  • Then in the upper right corner select “View: Small icons” .
  • Find the item “File Explorer Options” .
  • Scroll down the second View tab  and select Show Hidden Files, Folders and Drives .
On Windows 7, the folder you are looking for is located at:  C: \ Users \ Account Name \ AppData \ Local \ Temp

How to clear the Temp folder

You can use one of three methods.

  • Manually delete all content . To do this, simply go to the folder and select all the files by pressing the key combination the Ctrl + A . Then use the Shift + Del combination to permanently erase all the selected files.
  • Use the tools built into the operating system. Go to ” This PC ” and right-click on the system partition. Select Properties and then Disk Cleanup . Depending on the amount of accumulated garbage and the speed of the hard drive, startup time can vary from a couple of seconds to several minutes. Those files that have a checkmark next to it can be safely deleted. In addition, you can empty your downloads, recycle bins, and others at your discretion. However, temporary data stored in the ” Temp ” folder , and which are not currently used by the system and programs, are located under the corresponding item ” Temporary files” (who would have thought). Check the boxes you want and confirm the operation.
  • Third party software . Probably everyone has already heard about the popular CCleaner program, which can not only rid the computer of system junk, but also: optimize the registry, configure startup, find duplicate files and much more. This is exactly the tool that every user should have installed. The utility does not eat a lot of system resources, fully supports the Russian language and is freely available. In general, a must have. 

Nuances and recommendations

If during the uninstallation the system displays an error notification, skip the files that the OS swears at. This is due to the fact that some temporary data is used right now, and it will not be possible to delete it. If you look at the size of the Temp folder and compare it with the size of temporary files in the Disk Cleanup utility , you will notice that it is slightly smaller in the program. This has something to do with real-time data. Windows doesn’t take them into account.

In general, it is recommended to carry out cleaning every six months, but it all depends to a large extent on the intensity of computer use, as well as the variety of installed programs. However, if you do not experience problems with space on the system partition, then you can reduce the frequency of cleaning.

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