Have you ever found Disk Cleanup to be extraordinarily slow? Or does Disk Cleanup do nothing at all on Windows Vista? Well here’s the perfect tip for you: removing your Temp files manually on Windows Vista.
Before you start
Time: <5 Minutes normally
Skills Needed: Locating the Delete button.
Temp files are temporary files that programs store on your computer, and usually delete afterwards. Because the program should delete temporary files after they’re done using them, we are able to delete temporary files that have not been deleted without harming our computer. Since most of what we do on the computer involves opening programs and usually allowing them to store temp files on our computer, the general computer person may find a multitude of Temp files in their Temp folder. Don’t believe me? Well here’s a statistic for you: my Temp folder, having not been cleaned out in a few months, contains around 8 GB of data.
So, removal of Temp files generally involves Disk Cleanup, or another program to clean up your disk, but here’s how to do it manually on Windows Vista.
Step 1: Press the Start button, and enter %Temp% into the search bar on the bottom.
Step 2: Press enter.
Step 3: Delete all contents in the Temp folder that appears. To do this, you can go to Organize > Select All, then press the “Delete” button. A confirmation dialog will appear. Simply press “okay”. Of course, there are many other ways to do this, but this is one simple way.
If you just wish to delete a select few, select one file by clicking on it. Then, hold ctrl while pressing the other files you wish to delete. This allows you to select multiple items.
Step 4: You can choose to empty your recycle bin of all the Temp files. To just delete a few select files from the Recycle bin, select one file first, then hold ctrl when selecting another file. Finally, right click and press “delete”. The Recycle bin will give you a confirmation dialog.
Step 5: Well, did it work for you? Or have you found another alternative to this method? Leave your comments below.