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C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Local Settings\Temp -- ?!

by Haisook / April 4, 2007 9:11 AM PDT

I wonder what the files in that folder belong to and what their purpose is?

C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Local Settings\Temp

They're occupying over 4GB on my C drive.

Would it damage anything if I deleted them?


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Temp Files

Download and run Ccleaner and see what happens to the size of that folder. If you have that volume of files in only one temp file, it's likely there are many more hiding on your hard drive.

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I Keep That Folder Empty...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / April 4, 2007 11:57 AM PDT

The "Local Settings\Temp" folder is a directory where temporary files are stored during program installations and uninstallations.. It also contains files that may have been unzipped, downloaded, or placed there by you. A few "working" programs will store folders and files there during their normal operations.. Those particular directories and files won't be deleted in "normal" Windows because they're being used by the program. Everything else should be deletable.

Since you have so many files there, first search for all the files with .tmp file extensions and delete them all. Then empty the Recycle Bin.. Next, although there should be no problems, start deleting the files and folders in small increments, say 20 or 30 at a time.. After each set is deleted, restart the computer, run a few programs to make sure there are no problems, then empty the Recycle Bin again.. Repeat the process till everything is gone.

Hope this helps.


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(NT) Thank you all ..!
by Haisook / April 4, 2007 11:13 PM PDT
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I hsave more questions related to this topic.
by ILoveEmail / April 6, 2007 12:59 PM PDT

What about files with ~ in them (they start the file name?) What about files that start with 0? Is it safe to delete them? Also, what is the purpose of having folders with nothing in them? On the C drive?

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Are You Referring To the 'Temp' Folder?
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / April 7, 2007 4:58 AM PDT

..or to all other locations in the file structure.. The Temp folder mentioned earlier stores temporary files and those files can generally be safely from within it..

Other files and folders will have individual purposes based upon the programs that created them and will need to checked out on an individual basis.. Sometimes folders are created by a program to store files the program might create. Other times, they create temporary folders with such names. Whether they start with 0 or ~, only the program will tell you.. You'll have to do the research on each file separately..

Hope this helps.


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re: Are you referring to the "Temp" folder?
by ILoveEmail / April 7, 2007 5:36 AM PDT

Yes, I'm referring to the Temp folder.

Another question: What is the purpose of programs making folders with nothing in the folders?

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Future Temporary Storage..
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / April 7, 2007 6:04 AM PDT

Many programs, CD/DVD burning programs for example, create folders for their temporary storage locations. They can be created in a number of locations on the computer, including the "Temp" folder. After copying files to the folder, they remove them after finishing their task. The folder will remain but the files are removed..

As mentioned earlier, I keep the "C:\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Temp" folder empty.. I clean it out at the end of each day.

Hope this helps.


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re: future temporary storage..
by ILoveEmail / April 7, 2007 6:15 AM PDT

Yes, this helps a lot. Thank you, Griff. I never knew about that before.

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