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All of the temp files in Windows

  1. #1


    Ohio
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    Windows 8 Pro

    All of the temp files in Windows


    I don't know why Windows doesn't do a better job of cleaningitself up. Every so often I would get a message saying something about an"error in the script of this page" which would prevent me fromprinting the page. I did a search on Google and one of the suggestions was todelete the files in the temp folder. I looked at the folder and there werehundreds of temp files in the folder. I deleted them which solved the problem.

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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Windows can't know when to delete a temporary file. Windows has no direct knowledge of how the applications that create the temp files need them. Some programs use long running temp files that span multiple days and reboots. Some programs only need them for a few moments. Regardless, if Windows started randomly deleting files by itself, on its own whim, it would likely cause many apps to crash and function strangely.
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  3. #3


    Ohio
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    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Mystere View Post
    Windows can't know when to delete a temporary file. Windows has no direct knowledge of how the applications that create the temp files need them. Some programs use long running temp files that span multiple days and reboots. Some programs only need them for a few moments. Regardless, if Windows started randomly deleting files by itself, on its own whim, it would likely cause many apps to crash and function strangely.
    Then I wonder if I made a mistake by simply deleting everything in the temp folder.
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    Pembrokeshire, South Wales, UK
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    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32 bit/ Windows 8.1 64 bit


    My way was always to empty temp folders when first booting up, that way any programs that made them had finished using them.

    I have IE set to empty Temporary files on closing. I only empty the files once a week though as part of my maintenance routine through the Disk Cleanup utility.

    As I'm still learning my way around Windows 8 it is not something I've done yet, the ways I did it were all in previous versions of Windows.
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    I have a habit of deleting everything in the Windows\Temp folder every day, especially after applying updates or installing applications. Having a 120GB SSD really makes me more aware of the garbage that accumulates on the drive. It seems in the world of 2TB hard drives, I was sloppy about that, now I'm not!
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  6. #6


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Frank1 View Post
    Then I wonder if I made a mistake by simply deleting everything in the temp folder.
    Probably not. In your use, your probably fine to delete temporary files whenever you want, but Microsoft can't do it globally for every user because it would cause problems for some.
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