When you run or install programs, they will leave what is called a Temp File for, mainly, various memory purposes. Problem is though, that most of these are unnecessary and if you get too many of them, they will slow down your computer.
The logical way to deleting the temp files, would be to just open the temp files folder and delete the files there. Or to run a pc cleaning program. The problem with this is that while programs are supposed to store the temp files in this folder, lots of them don’t. So here is a quick and 100% safe way to give your computer a bit of breathing space.
Please note that this tutorial is for Windows XP or older operating systems, as deleting temp files from Windows Vista or 7 seems a bit more straight forward (i.e. using “Disk Cleanup” or searching “%temp%)
Step 1. Close all programs running on your computer. Including anti – virus programs and others you might have running in the background. This is important because you can’t delete temp files from a running program.
Step 2. Open your “Start” menu and go to “Search”. Select “All Local Drives”. Check the “Search Hidden Files And Folders” and the “Search System Folders” boxes. Type, exactly, the following in the “All or Part Of The File Name” box:
It is extremely important that you type exactly that and don’t leave anything out! So again thats:
Step 3. When the search is completed, you will be presented with a list of temp files. Select the temp files and delete them. You will find though that some of the files can’t be deleted. This is because a connected program is still running in the background, but simply restart you computer, run the search again and you should be able to delete these. If you still have temp files that can’t be deleted, try doing it in safe mode. I recommend leaving them if this doesn’t work.
Step 4. The deleted temp files will be moved to your “Recycling Bin” Do NOT empty this before you are sure that your computer is running as normal and that no necessary files have been deleted.