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Clear my temp folder

  1. May 7, 2004 #1
    I hope you don't mind if I use the Software forum to ask for help with my PC. I'm sure someone can help me.

    I have just detected that there are over 500 MB in my "Temporary Internet Files" folder, but by whatever reason none of the files is displayed in the Windows explorer. So, how can I delete them? (It's getting hot since I've only got 5MB left on C: :eek: )

    Thanks for help
    Bruno
     
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  3. May 7, 2004 #2

    dduardo

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    Go into Internet Explorer, then do tools->internet options. There should be a button in the window that pops up that clears your temporary Internet Files
     
  4. May 7, 2004 #3

    Monique

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    Or go to start->find and type in *.tmp

    It will find all your temporary files, which you can then delete.. just know that if after that some software doesn't start anymore, it was installed in that folder and got deleted.. maybe you want to skim through before.. it happened to me once with software driving the scanner of my dad's computer, I reinstalled it for him though :)
     
  5. May 7, 2004 #4

    dduardo

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    Duh Monique, thats why you do it through Internet Explorer.
     
  6. May 7, 2004 #5

    Evo

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    What kuengb wanted to do was clear his internet cache files. That is easily done the way dduardo explained, assuming kuengb is using IE.

    What Monique was referring to is the cleaning of the temp files associated with Windows. Temp files are used by Windows to operate faster. Normally Windows gets rid of them when you close down the program. But if your machine locks up they can be left behind. The ONLY way to PROPERLY get rid of them is from OUTSIDE Windows. This is because there should be none in use when you boot into the DOS Mode and removing any that exist will not cause any problems.

    Some of the newer operating systems do an automatic clean up, so it is no longer an issue.

    If you do it inside Windows, which is what Monique showed, you need to watch for prompts. If a file is associated with a working program it will usually ask if you *really* want to delete it, just say no, then you won't risk disabling something you need. It will continue to delete all other temp files.
     
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  7. May 8, 2004 #6

    ShawnD

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    Another way is to run Disk Cleanup.
     
  8. May 8, 2004 #7

    Monique

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    Ok, I missed that he was talking about Internet files.. but the .tmp files can get really huge too, as were in that computer at the time. I was told it doesn't hurt to delete them.
     
  9. May 8, 2004 #8
    Thank you all!

    Dduardo, that worked perfectly. So easy - should have thought of something like that myself (I'm mostly using Netscape, to my excuse).

    And ShawnD, I ran disk cleanup several times (Windows forced me to), and it actually said that it would clean temp. int. files, but it obviously didn't. Strange thing.

    I'm really asking myself why Windows hoards all this internet data; guess that's a relict from the time when most of the people still were using 56k-modems, not?

    Bruno
     
  10. May 8, 2004 #9

    ShawnD

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    Actually it's so pages load over 90% faster. You can test it yourself if you want to. Make sure cache is enabled.
    Go to this site and see how long it takes to load.
    Exit IE.
    Open that same page again and see how long it takes to load.
    Turn off internet cache.
    Exit IE.
    Open the same page again and see how long it takes to load.


    With cache on, the first time opening that page should take about 5-10 seconds, and the second time opening that page should take about 1 second.
    With cache off, every time will take 5-10 seconds.
     
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