This short trick gives you more space on your PC – instantly
Delete the files in this hidden folder and free up your valuable #Windows-storage in 1-2-3.
Most users do not know about this folder, but it needs some maintenance every now and then. Steps below.
As laptops grows smaller and in the age of small SSD-disks, space is king. There IS a way to trash files you do not need in a flash. Access the buried folder hidden in the Windows system called “Temp” and delete them.
What is “Temp”?
According to Wikipedia:
” In computing, a temporary folder or temporary directory is a directory used to hold temporary files. Many operating systems and some software automatically delete the contents of this directory at boot up or at regular intervals.
The folder named “Temp” is actually that – a temporary folder
Actually, I do not understand what every file means in this folder. That said, I do not have to understand it. I delete the files in this folder regularly and have never experienced any issues. Right now, this folder takes up a valuable 10 percent of my spare total free space at my PC. Windows cleans this folder by itself every now and then, but I see benefits on moving those files to the trash, every now and then. Especially, when you have a lot of cached files, some removed programs/newer updates, you can free up a lot of space.
Locate the folder, delete the files – voila!
You find this folder in Windows 8.1 at this path: C:Users[Your user name]AppDataLocal. To be more precise – If my user name was Anders, the path would look like this: C:/Users/Anders/AppData/Local. However, the best way to access this folder is to use a window shortcut:
- Press Windows + r at the same time. The Windows is key at the button left at the keyboard with the logo.
- This brings up a “run” window. Then you enter %temp% and hit enter
- Now you will see all the files under the temp-folder. Hit ctrl+a to select them all
- Now press Delete.
- Some of the files might be in use, some you might be able to delete. Now worry. Just tick Do the same for all items and proceed
- When finished some files will remain in the folder. Do not worry. You have saved a lot of space.
- Empty your trash can. Your SSD or HDD is freed up
Is it safe?
According to http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/230573-45-safe-remove-files-windows-temp it is perfectly safe to delete all the files here. I quote:
“Any file under the windows/temp folder is safe to delete. Once in awhile windows will balk at one file. Just leave it for now.
Also under C ocuments and Settings usernameLocal Settings are 2 folders. one is temp and the other is temporary internet files.
You cant delete everything thats in these two folders also. Do it for each user account on the computer.
You can also delete any file that has .log or .tmp at the end.
I also delete the uninstall folders for windows updates and then remove the entries in add/remove programs once the computer is running fine”
In the same forum they also advice installing a little program which is actually really popular and will take care of cleaning your computer: It is called CCleaner. If you run it every now and then, your computer will be more up rto speed. Regardless of installing CCleaner you can still clean the “Temp”-folder every now and then. CCleaner will just do some performance work fort you. You can download it from here: http://ccleaner.en.softonic.com/download.
Wikipedia says this about CCleaner
CCleaner can delete temporary or potentially unwanted files left by certain programs, including Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome,Opera, Safari, Windows Media Player, eMule, Google Toolbar, Netscape, Microsoft Office, Nero, Adobe Acrobat, McAfee, Adobe Flash Player, Sun Java, WinRAR, WinAce, WinZip and GIMP along with browsing history, cookies, recycle bin, memory dumps, file fragments, log files, system caches, application data, autocomplete form history, and various other data. The program also includes a registrycleaner to locate and correct problems in the Windows registry, such as missing references to shared DLLs, unused registration entries forfile extensions, and missing references to application paths. CCleaner v2.27 and later can wipe the MFT free space of a drive, or the entire drive.
In the end – what is Windows calling the “Temp”-folder?
From Window’s own support site
A Windows temporary file is created under the following three circumstances: Windows Desktop applications, such as Write, and multiple document interface (MDI) applications, such as Excel, create temporary files to ha q ndle necessary user editing. Because a Desktop application cannot have multiple documents open at once, it must immediately create a temporary file that allows you to undo any editing. MDI applications create temporary files only when necessary (for related editing), rather than for every worksheet that is open. When you run an MS-DOS-based standard application with Windows/286, Windows/286 creates a temporary file (for example, ~PIFCHFA.TMP) so that it can swap to disk to make room for other applications to use memory. When you print from Windows or any Windows-based application with the spooler enabled, Windows creates temporary files on the hard disk. Windows spools the print job to the temporary file and then sends it to the appropriate printer as a background operation. Note: #Microsoft recommends that you have approximately 2 megabytes (MB) of free disk space available for the creation of temporary files.