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Can I delete all files in ANY temp folder under win2000 (except the files that are in use and denied of course)

Posted on 2004-10-30
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For example temp under Documents and settings - Fred - Local settings - programdata - identities - microsoft

Just searching for *.tmp does not find all the temp files, because many do not have the tmp suffix.  Is it OK to delete those which do not have the tmp suffix?

I am trying to find out why our change over to 2000 from 98 has led to a 70% increase in harddisk capacity use.  Almost the same number of profiles.  The initial installation of 2000 and office was under 2 gig, as expected.  But since then our PC has gone up to 9.4 gig.  It was 5 gig before under 98.

I am using ghost to take images, so I want the disk usage as small as reasonably possible.

Any ideas?
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Question by:Alistair7
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    If you need more hard disk space do these

    a) Run disk cleanup

    b) Remove temporary internet files, folders and cookies
    Also remove windows Temp files going to

    1) Start --> run --> typein:  %systemroot%/temp
    2) Start  --> run --> typein: %temp%

    DONOT REMOVE THE TEMP FOLDER. JUST THE CONTENTS INSIDE IT.

    c) Restart and check if you got enough space you wanted.  Check this Treesize software http://www.jam-software.com/freeware/
    and see you can figure out were the spaces get occupied..

    SR
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    by:sunray_2003
    IF you cannot remove certain files in the TEMP folder,try to boot into safe mode and go to the same location and see if you can remove them that way
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    by:Alistair7
    Hi sunray

    you suggested %systemroot%/temp and  %temp%.  I was already aware of these folders which only remove 340 meg.

    Do you know if it is OK to delete everything in any temp folder?  I have 12 temp folders on my PC and 6 "Temp Internet files".

    In total they only contain around 380 meg, leaving me still with 9 gig!
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    Can you give the exact locations of where you are seeing and wanting to remove the contents of temp folders in these places
    Documents and settings - Fred - Local settings - programdata - identities - microsoft

    Technically there should be no problems in removing the contents of it especially if the programs are not running..

    What do you mean 6 temp internet files. Did you mean files or folders ?

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    Again if you cannot remove the contents going to normal mode, login to safe mode
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    by:Alistair7
    sorry 6 "Temporary Internet files" folders.

    I am used to deleting all temp files and internet files and cookies under win98.  And I can do the same here.  But it only removes 350 meg, not 3 to 4 gig.  So it is not the issue.  The combined volume of all 18 folders is only 350 meg!!  And the cookies will only be a few meg if that.

    I know there are no problems in removing the contents if the program is not running.  But what if they are?  Can it then lead to problems??
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    I donot see any issues in removing all the folders and contents except the one temp folder that IE is using.
    Go to IE > tools > internet options > settings and check the path of the temp folder.

    Except that remove all other temp internet folders.

    then if you still have concerns then image the present hard disk so that it can be used as backup if there are issues

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    by:Alistair7
    I have found the problem - the "Recycler" folder which holds over 1.7 gig in 6 different profile rubbish folders.
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    by:sunray_2003
    Alistair7,

    Have you able to able to remove it and then check if you got back some space. If you donot need further assistance , please close the question

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    by:Alistair7
    That was it.  From 9.4 down to 7.3.  I'm happy.

    thanks for the help
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    by:sunray_2003
    Not sure why I had been given a C grade..Could you explain
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