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creating a vbs script

Hi I would like to have the following done on the computers on the LAN.

I want a vbs script that will run on a schedule that will clean the following folders.

%userprofile%\Local settings\temp\*.*
%userprofile%\;local settings\temporay internet files\*.*

I would like the script to clean all the unused files and skip the ones that are in use. One problem I have is that does it find the location of these folders with no problems because most of these are hidden folders or do we need to apply attrib switch to make sure the script will run and find the location with no issues. Also I want to know if this script will need to run using admin account.

Thanks for you help
Habib Z
Habib Z
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This is a simple batch file that would accomplish it - if you're really in need of a vbscript, I can post that as well (just seems simpler to do this in a batch).

You would need to either promote users to admins to remove windir\temp data, grant them change rights to that folder (which they may have - I think by default power users do), or schedule a separate task to run under system credentials to accomplish that.

Also - the temporary internet files will potentially remove 'all' cookies and history - most cases that may not be ideal (there are products that selectively delete tracking cookies only).  In addition, if the browser is in use, the files will not be removed.

Please note - this is a non-destructive script.  Remove the 'echo' from the last two textual lines to initiate deletion.
set t1="%temp%"
set t2="%userprofile%\local settings\temporary internet files"
set t3="%windir%\temp"
for %%a in (%t1% %t2% %t3%) do (
  for /d %%b in (%%a\*) do echo rmdir /s /q "%%b"
  echo del /q %%a

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