Safe To Delete Temp Files?


Dear Computer Lady, 

I love reading your newsletters. I am always so anxious waiting for your next letter to come. 

I have a question. I was trying to make some room on my computer and was deleting cookies and temp. internet files. 

Is it safe to delete everything in your C:\Windows\Temp folder? Some of the items there are years old and some are a few days old. 

Thanks again for your wonderful information. Keep up the good work!!! Sincerely, Holly from Indiana



Dear Holly,

It is usually safe to delete everything in your Windows\Temp folder. What I normally do, just to be on the safe side is only delete items that are more than a week old.

To delete your temporary files:

1. On your desktop, double click on “My Computer”, or in XP click on “Start” and then “My Computer”.

2. Double click on your C: drive, then double click on the “Windows” folder and finally on the “Temp” folder.

3. Click on the Heading that says “Modified” or “Date Modified”. This will arrange your files by date. Select only the files that are more than one week old, by clicking on the first file you want, hold down the shift key and click on the last file. All the files between the first and last will be highlighted.

4. Press the Delete key on your keyboard, or click on “Edit” and “Delete” in the menu bar.


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