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How do I delete temporary files ?


I keep reading about deleting temporary files from my PC.  How do I do it, and how do I know which ones are temporary files?


Temporary files are just that: "temporary".  These are files created by programs you are using.  Generally, when you close a program, the temporary files are automatically deleted.  But, alas, sometimes they are not.

In Windows 98 / ME / 2000 / XP, Microsoft provides a 'Disk Cleanup' utility which will automatically locate and delete these temporary files.

1. I always suggest to first restart your computer (just to be sure).  So go ahead and click Start -> Shutdown -> Restart

2. After your system is back up, double click on 'My Computer'

3. Right click on your C: drive icon

4. Then click on 'Properties', and the following window appears:

5. Click on the 'Disk Cleanup' button and the following window will appear:

6. Click OK and in a few seconds you will have deleted any temporary files that have been accumulating.  I suggest doing this at least weekly!