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Deleting Temporary Files

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Deleting Temporary Files

Temp. files are files stored on your computer from programs and internet sites you visit.These files do nothing and can be deleted.

If you have not done this in a long time or have never done this it may be slowing down your computer, if nothing else it is using up memory.

First start by

clicking on Start Menu

click Control Panel

click Internet Options

FOR WINDOWS 7 CLICK START MENU, CONTROL PANEL, NETWORK AND INTERNET THEN INTERNET OPTIONS.

A window will appear under browser history

Check all the boxes: "EXCEPT THE BOX FOR PASSWORDS"

Click the delete button at the bottom

Deleting will start; if it has been a long time or you have never done this it may take a few minutes

When done click ok and close all windows

NEXT

Go to Start Menu

Control Panel

Folder Options

Scroll down until you see the option "show hidden files and folders

Depending on what operating system you are using you have two posibilities

ONE; you will see the option "show hidden files and folders" with a box next to it. Make sure the box is not checked

TWO; You will see two lines one says "do not show hidden files and folders"

and one will say "show hidden files and folders"

click on the one that says "SHOW hidden files and folders"

click OK

THIS STEP IS NEEDED TO COMPLETE THE NEXT STEP, IF YOU DO NOT DO THIS PART FIRST THE FILE YOU NEED TO VIEW WILL BE HIDDEN.

Close all open windows

NEXT

Click on My Computer

Click Users

Click on your computer name; in my case it is my name "larry" Note when you first installed your new computer it asked for a name in the set up process

click App Data; this is the file that is hidden if you didn't complete the previous step

click Local

click Temp

this is the file that contains all your temp. files, all of these files can be deleted

Note: you can look under "MY COMPUTER" and see how much free space you have on your hard drive before deleting these files

Then delete all files and look again at your hard drive free space. the difference is the amount of space these temp. files were using up

To delete all the files in this folder click the organize button at the top left of the page and click on "select all"

Then move your cursor over the files that you would like to delete

Next push the right button on your mouse and click on delete

Note: if the "organize button" is not available

Click on the first file Once, then hold down the control button on your key pad "ctrl" and click on the last file ONCE

All the files should be highlighted, right click on the mouse button and click on delete

You may get a pop up window that says you need permission to continue or delete these files, click on skip and leave these files alone

you may have to repeat this step a couple of times

Close all windows

NEXT

Go to My Computer again

Click on the file that says Windows

Click on the file that says temp

Repeat the same process as above; select all files and delete

close all windows

NEXT

Go to Start Menu

Click on Run

type in the box "%temp% click OK

Repeat the same process as above; select all files and delete: NOTE: this folder may or may not have files saved in it. Some system will delete these temp files at the same time when you perform the previous step

Good Luck; If you have any problems performing the above steps please scroll down on this page; in the comment box you can

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