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Deleting Windows 2000 Temporary files question
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 10, 2009 6:36 pm    Post subject: Deleting Windows 2000 Temporary files question Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Hello!

Is it safe to delete all the files in the TEMP folders or for that matter everything that is XXX.tmp?

Thamks!

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 3:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I do it all the time on XP and on Vista too, occasionally for one or a couple of those files I'll get "access denied" when I try, but I've never seen any harm done ... besides it wouldn't be very smart to store files that shouldn't be deleted into a folder called "temp" or any variation there off Wink
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 9:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Hello!

You are mentioning Windows XP and Vista... would the same apply to Windows 2000?

Thanks!

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 7:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Tronato wrote:
Hello!

You are mentioning Windows XP and Vista... would the same apply to Windows 2000?

Thanks!

TRON


Yes, and Windows 98, ME, 95 and DOS all had the same mechanism.

The locked ones are currently open, otherwise you can delete them.

You can also delete anything in Temporary Internet Files as well, including all those little annoying subdirectories. IE (you don't use any other browser right? Wink ) will rebuild. - you can of course go into IE and under tools -> internet options, delete browsing history and find the delete all button.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 10:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Hello!

I did a search for all *.TMP files and thousands appeared. However, when trying to delete some of them I received the message that there was a "sharing violation and that most probably the file was in use"

This means that they are indeed used sometimes.

What is the best method to eliminate unused temporary files?

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 4:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

the way I use is to use a command prompt.

C:\> cd temp
C:\temp\> del /b /s /q *.*

Be very careful using the del command, and especially the /s switch, as doing this at the C:\ root directory can have particularly bad consequences.

I'd also recommend doing regular backups of your data at least.

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