XP Temp Directory

  Bad Dad 22:24 12 Apr 2004

I know this is probably a daft question, but is it ok to delete the contents of my temp directory in windows XP? It's got about 1GB of stuff in it.

Thanks in advance.

  ade.h 22:54 12 Apr 2004

Yes. It gets deleted anyway anytime you perform a disk Cleanup (which is in System tools and the properties tab of your hard disk)

  Bad Dad 19:32 13 Apr 2004

Thanks very much.

  Tinkey Winkey 19:53 13 Apr 2004

What is the Temp Directory and why would you want to delete it ?

  lucky1 20:02 13 Apr 2004

Are we talking about Temporary Internet files here ?

  keenan 20:16 13 Apr 2004
  lucky1 20:23 13 Apr 2004


Thanks for this link. Not happy at the thought of emptying this folder, stuff LOOKS too important. Can it be emptied without causing problems with my PC, despite what is said in the link?

  keenan 20:46 13 Apr 2004

Yes it's exactly what it says ' temp' it's mostly temporary files that installations have left while they were installing your programs etc.

You can delete its contents regularly, especially if you need the 'free' space.

Some of the files wont delete because they are being used by windows.

  ade.h 21:06 13 Apr 2004

Keenan is right; rest assured that you can let Windows deal with these files in the Cleanup process, which is worth running occasionally if space is a bit limited as Windows can be a bit claustrophobic in its approach to disk space.

  lucky1 21:28 13 Apr 2004

Thank you ade.h and keenan.


  ade.h 21:44 13 Apr 2004

No probs :)

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