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Posted on 2006-10-25
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Dear Experts,

I have tens of thousands of files in

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

Will my world come to end if I delete them?  Can I always delete what's in "Temp" directories?

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BrianMc1958
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It is quite safe to delete the contents of that directory (yet *not* the directory itself). Just make sure that you don't have any applications running when doing so, since running apps might have some files open in that folder, which would prevent you from deleting them.
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yes you can delete anything on the temp directory.....
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oh just to add to jkr boot up on safe mode and delete the temp directory from there u are less likely to run into the issue of temp files being in use
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No need to boot to safe mode, closing all apps will usually suffice.
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Please be aware that some application need the files that are stored in temp directory. If you have a lot of applications installed don't be surprised if it asks you for the cd when you try to run a application.
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Yes, you can delete every file in TEMP directories. For the sake of stability and in case some open files were left in an unstable state (remember this is microsoft) please reboot your computer, then log in, do not run *any* program and delete TEMP contents.
I know you do not need to reboot for this, but hey if only the apps/OS work as expected, this forum will not exists  ;))
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Thanks a lot, folks.
--BrianMc1958
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