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Can I safely delete the contents of the Windows Temp file...not the Temporary Internet File but the Windows Temp file? I see some programs that I am running in the file. Should I be concerned about deleting those as well? They are programs that I have downloaded from the internet.
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by:stevenlewis
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Usually yes, but you may get an error that some files are in use
There are batch files to do this on boot, this keeps it clean for each boot
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The Windows Temp file is a common place to store temporary files during program installation.  If you have already downloaded the program and installed it or saved it to another location, then you can delete them. 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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you ca also run disk clean ustart -->programs -->accessories -->system tools -->disk clean up
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by:LeeTutor
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Sonuvagun, you beat me on this one, steven. LOL.
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by:pleasenospam
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It is my understanding that downloaded files don't stay in a temporary file indefinitely.
However, some downloads won't install completely until after a shutdown and restart,
because some of the needed files may be locked by Windows activity.  Usually you would
get a warning that a reboot was necessary.  In that case the temporary files should not
be deleted until after the successful reboot and installation.

You might like to take a look at this TEXT (.TXT) file.  It can be modified to produce
a working BATCH (.BAT) file.  You should review it before using, especially regarding
PROFILES and PASSWORDS.  Also, my success with it regarding the RECYCLED bin
has been spotty.  If you decide to used it to delete the SWAP file, do check the hard
drive afterwards for lost clusters and stuff.  Anyway, here it is:

http://personal.cfw.com/~write/purgeall.txt
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LOL Lee
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by:rwl
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Steve and Lee...you guys are fast on the keyboard! Steve, I still think we are related...

Thanks.

Robert Lewis
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Can I ask why you awarded Lee the answer?
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by:rwl
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I use disk clean-up often...my  concern was just the temp file and his answer "seemed" more thorough with information that I believe that I already knew but I just wanted verification without further research.
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But...I liked the "links" that you provided. I just now went and checked them out.
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