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How do I clean Temporary Internet Files for all users in Windows XP/Vista using a script?

Last Modified: 2013-12-08
Hello all.

I have two computers. One has Windows XP and other Windows Vista Home Premium. Both the computers have 5 user accounts.

I need a solution by which I can delete the Temporary Internet Files for all the users in one go. Currently I have a command which can delete the files for currently logged in user.

How do I delete the Temporary Internet Files for all users without manually going to the account in question and doing so?

Thanks in advance.
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Log in as admin, if you setup Vista in classic view, then click on My Computer > select C > right click on C and select Properties > then choose Disk Clean Up > select delete files for all users on this computer.



Thanks a lot for lightning fast reply!

The solution you gave works, but I was hoping for a script that would do the job periodically. Or a WMI call which would automatically clean TIF. Is this possible?


See if this helps...

@echo off
for %%a in (%systemroot%\temp "%userprofile%\local settings\temp") do call :process %%~sa
goto :eof

set fld=%1
echo y| del %fld% /f /q
for /f "delims=" %%t in ('dir %fld% /ad /b') do rmdir /s /q "%fld%\%%~t"

Save the above as Filename.bat and run the file through GPO or just manually run on the machines

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See this...
 for /f %x in (c:\computers.txt) do del \\%x\c$\windows\temp\*.* /f /s /q



Thanks bsharath for the reply. I will tryo your solutions and get back to you.



Hi all.

bsharath your .bat file helps delete only the Windows temp folder but not the Temporary Internet Files folder. I changed it to point to TIF, but it only deletes the data for current user, not all users.

Thanks for the input.



Hi all...I have written a basic VBScript which traverses through the folders in question and deletes the files. Please close this question, as I have the solution for now.


Great..If possible please share the code here for future reference...
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The code above is for Windows XP. But we can do an OS specific check and use the same in Vista as well... The code above is not a perfect solution, but it does delete major junk from all profiles. If anybody has a better solution, please let me know.


how do you use the code above?  copy and paste it into a bat file?  copy and paste it into a txt file and rename to .vb or something similar?


Hi bsimms01.

Copy the code and save the same as a .vbs and run the script. Mind that you need to be logged in as administrator to delete files from other user's profiles and the files should not be in use. There is a further limitation in deleting files from other profiles, but I am not able to find the relevent MS KB doc at the moment.


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