Can I delete the "temp" folder?

Nikolay Golovatyuk
Nikolay Golovatyuk
December 26, 2012
Can I delete the "temp" folder?

Every second a computer goes through many different operations. All running programs are running: processes are taking place aimed at achieving a specific goal, which have their intermediate results. All these results are recorded in temporary files for which the daddy "Temp" acts as a storage.

"Temp" - a container for "garbage"

Sooner or later, many, lost in the wilds of system files, stumble upon this daddy and, after examining the dubious contents, ask: can I delete the temp folder? Theoretically it is possible, but why? Windows will still create it when you restart. It is simply needed by the system. Another thing, if the question concerns the cleaning of the folder from unnecessary files.

The fact is that the system can not always delete temporary files from this folder on its own. One of these cases is the forced termination of processes, or the sudden shutdown of a computer. Over time, the amount of "garbage" in this folder reaches a critical limit, and then the performance of your entire operating system suffers.

We carry out "general cleaning"

How to delete the temp folder, more precisely, how to get rid of its contents? This can be done easily. Simply open the folder (C: \ Windows \ Temp), select its contents, and simply press the "DELETE" key to clear it. At the same time, the system will refuse to delete some files, referring to the fact that they are occupied by a process. Do not worry, just, their turn is not today. If this is important, then turn off all possible programs, and try again.

But some systems have more than one such folder. For example, in Windows 7 there are five of them, and they are located at different addresses. Then, it is easier to use the regular program "Disk Cleanup". Call it using the "Start - Standard - System Tools - Disk Cleanup" combination. In the dialog box, put a tick in front of the proposed containers, which contain unnecessary files, including, and opposite the position "Temporary files". Start.

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