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I have approximately 25 mb in the "Windows" Temp and Temporary Internet Folders...

Can I saftely delete "all" the contents of these folders?
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by:LeeTutor
ID: 6854699
The short answer is Yes.  The normal way to delete from the Temporary Internet Folders in through the Tools menu, Internet Options, then click the Delete Files button in the appropriate section.  Sometimes files in the Windows Temp folder will still be in use; in that case, the system will give you a message and not let you delete them.
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by:rwl
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What about the Windows Temp folder...this ok as well? How is it best to remove all of the contents from this folder?
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Just select them in Windows Explorer (you can display the Windows\Temp folder in the right pane and then type the keyboard characters <ctrl> and a to select them all at once) and then press the Del key.  If it comes out with a message saying cannot delete a certain file because it is in use, then leave that one unselected in your next attempt to delete.
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by:stevenlewis
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Also suggest going to start -->programs -->accessories -->system tools, and run disk clean up
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by:LeeTutor
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In Windows 98 and ME, there is a program that is part of the system, called Disk Cleanup, which you can set up to periodically delete these files.  You get to it by clicking on the Start button, then Programs, then Accessories, then System Tools, and finally Disk Cleanup.
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by:LeeTutor
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Whoops, great minds thinking alike again, nearly at the same time, eh Steve?
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by:stevenlewis
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LOL, glad I got dsl, otherwise I would have been after you *grin*
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by:LeeTutor
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Well, I've got DSL too!  Maybe not as fast as yours.  Mine is about 600 kB.)  But you must keep answering E-E questions in your sleep!
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by:rwl
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Both of you have been great techs...I have used e-x-e alot and I am glad to see you two help out!

Thanks.
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by:stevenlewis
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Robert, glad we are able to help! Especially since we might be related LOL
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by:LeeTutor
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I think my email must be slower than yours, Steve.  I see both of your comments above before I was notified.  Robert, I am also very glad we could be of help.  See you again..
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