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How to free space on C partition on Windows 2003- Is it safe to delete the files in Temp folder

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Hi

We have windows 2003 server, which we use as file server and the space on C is very low. Is it safe to delete the files and folders within the Temp folder  which is under.  

C:\Windows\Temp

If I delete the files and folders within the Temp folder , will there be any problem with windows functionality.

Any ideas much appreciated

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Question by:lianne143
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by:John Hurst
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A safer way is to run Disk Cleanup. Disk Cleanup is normally in System Tools, but it could be in Accessories or Administrative Tools.  

Disk Cleanup will remove a lot of old files that can safely be deleted.

Once done, check the size of your shadow storage to see if it is taking a lot of space.

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Yes, it is generally safe to remove files within c:\windows\temp on servers and workstations.  If there is a potential concern (such as someone or an application being "silly" and creating a dependency within this folder), move these files to another volume for safe keeping for a period of time (the latter is especially desirable if you are unfamiliar with the system).
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by:rindi
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Check leew's instructions in the link below, it explains all you should do to properly maintain your OS partition for a server OS (he's one of EE's top experts):

http://www.lwcomputing.com/tips/static/bootdrivesize.asp
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Try Disk Cleanup as I suggested. I delete files from c:\windows\temp myself but I generally recognize them. I want you to safely delete first.

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Try again later. Sometimes his site isn't properly accessible.
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I tried to do Disk clean up through System tools. There were 10,235KB on Compress Old files. Is it safe to delete compress old files through disk clean.

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by:John Hurst
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I do not compress old files. Disk Clean will delete temporary files including in windows temp.

Compressing old files compresses old ordinary files. I do not like this to happen.

So if (excluding compress old files) Disk Cleanup did not reclaim much space, you need to see what is taking the space.

For this, I use TreeSize (Jam Software). TreeSize is top notch for this and will show you where the space is being used. You can start right away with a trial version.
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Yes, it is safe to delete the contents of C:\Windows\Temp
also you can delete the contents of C:\recycler (these are the files contained in recycle bin)
and check user profiles in c:\documents and settings (check for old profile or known profiles those can be deleted).

The best way is to analyze C: drive using a tool like TreeSize (http://www.jam-software.com/freeware/index.shtml) and decide the things that you don't want on c: drive.
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by:vin_shooter
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Restart Background intelligence transfer service which will free some disk space, if you still require more disk space can delete the older files in c:\temp manually.

type services.msc in RUN and check for background intelligence transfer service then restart the same to compact the disk space..,
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by:Leon Fester
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Here's what Microsoft says you can do to reclaim disk space:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/956324
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leew's site is finally working again, so check it out.
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