How to Clean Temporary Files from Computer

No matter how fast your computer is but if you have a hard disk that is filled to the brim, a memory that is already running on fumes and you trying to multitask at the same time then I am sure that you are also getting frustrated due to many reasons. Does it sound too far-fetched? For a lot of people whose job completely depends on getting more and more work done from a single machine, ask him. Now a computer working slow, lagging behind in performance or speed, is not a blue moon phenomenon. Millions of people face these problems on a daily basis and just like any other user they also seek help. A lot of blogs on the internet talk about various steps and procedures through which anyone can dive deep into the technical details on the computer and can fix the problems.

A lot of times these work too but this does not mean that those procedures can disturb anything. Yes, you read it right. One such step is deleting temporary files from the computer. Now the step in itself is quite effective but there are some temporary files which are needed by computer and applications installed to run properly. For example, if you are working on a project in Premiere Pro and if you delete the media cache before completing the project, surely you will gain a lot of disk space but you will also lose on a lot of progress and possibly even the whole project. Cleaning temporary files from Windows is not a rare step, even experts suggest it but no one wants to lose their data. So in this article, I am going to share with you some simple ways through which you can safely get rid of temporary files without messing up your computer. Have a look:


What are Temporary Files?

Temporary files are the files generated in your computer by the applications that you have installed. They are responsible for holding a lot of information regarding the operation and the task the applications are assigned with. The earlier versions of Windows had few types of temporary files but as the operating system got advanced so did he type of temporary files. Now they also include logs, upgrade info logs, error reports, installation files, Windows installation files, leftover files, etc. So you can delete these files and there won’t be much of an issue. All of these files are quite small in size, if you will check them individually then you would know it. But if you ignore it for some time while continuing to work regularly. After months, check again and you will be surprised to check how much space these files can take. And if you have a filled storage then you cannot install anything, download any kind of file and you may even face a lot of challenges regarding performance, etc.

How to Safely Cleaning temp Files From Windows

Using Disk Cleanup

Disk Cleanup is a utility tool that is provided with the Windows operating system itself. As the name suggests it helps in cleaning of the disk from various types of files, including temporary files. So if you are getting a message from the computer that the storage is full then you should use this tool.

  • Open File Explorer and then navigate to This PC.
  • There you will be able to see all of your drives, network drives, and other important folders. Right-click on the drive that has Windows installation on it. If you don’t know which drive it is then right-click on Local Disk C. In most of the cases the Windows is installed on the C drive.
  • After you right click, a list will pop up. Select properties from it and then another window will open up.
  • In this new window, click on Disk Cleanup.
  • Then a new window will open and here check all the box items you want to get rid of, from the list.

PS: Do not check on Windows ESD installation files. Keep it unselected. These include the important files which are needed at the time of restoration of the operating system. Suppose you want to factory reset your computer back to the state in  what it was. Then you would need these files. Do not delete them.

  • After you have selected all the necessary options Click on the button that says Cleanup system files.

After this step you will be able to get rid of temporary files on that particular drive.

Using System Settings

You can also use system settings in Windows 10 to get rid of temporary files. It is quite simple. Have a look:

  • Click on the start button and type settings.
  • Click on the Settings option to open it.
  • A new window will pop up, on it click on Storage. You will see some sections there.
  • Locate Local Disk options and click on Local Disk C.
  • In here you will see a list of what is in the storage and what kind is taking the amount of space.
  • Click on the Temporary files section and select all the types of temporary files you want to remove.
  • After you have made the desired selection, click on the Remove Files option.

And the temp files will be removed from the computer.

The above mentioned method is applicable on Windows versions 1903 and above but if you want to delete the same from versions 1809 and earlier ones then the process will change a bit.

  • Click on the start button and type settings.
  • Click on the settings option to open system Settings.
  • From the new window that just popped up, click on the Storage option.
  • Here scroll down and you will find Free up space now, click on it.
  • You will now be provided with the list of all the files that are present, you can select the ones you want to remove.
  • After you have selected all the files, click on Remove files option and then all the temporary files from your system will be removed.

Using the Run Command

You can also delete temporary files from your system’s storage manually. This method is the most used and popular method among veteran Windows users. In the earlier versions, the option of using system settings was not so prominent. So here is what almost every experienced user was upto:

  • Press the Windows key + R button on your keyboard.
  • This will open the Run Command dialog box.
  • Type %temp% and click on Ok.
  • File explorer will open with a folder containing the temp folder.
  • Double click on it to open.
  • Here, you will find a lot of files. All of these are the temporary files. Select them all and delete them.
  • Then after you have deleted them, open the Recycle bin and delete these files from there.

After you have deleted these files from the recycle bin, all the data regarding temp files from your computer will be gone.

Using Third Party tools

Now if we talk about the safest ways to get rid of this temporary data out of your system then the best option that comes to the mind is outsourcing. Not everyone is a computer expert and even if someone has been working with computers for years, he or she can still make the mistake of messing up the computer. The operating system’s files are very critical. Though the Windows OS is very stable and able to cope in worse situations, removing important files and folders can really put your data in a pinch. And if you are already worried about the deadline, then you cannot afford to hamper with your computer.

Third party tools such as utility and maintenance tools play a very important role here. A good, top of the line tool can help you fix common error codes, deep scan for malware, virus, trojan, spyware, get rid of online traces, enhance security on network, delete duplicate files, trash junk files, and yes, safely take care of temp files present in your computer. Some of the best utility tools can also increase your computer’s performance, speed, and make lots of space in your hard drive. Here are the 10 best computer optimizer software for Windows. Do check it out.

So these were some of the methods of cleaning out the temporary files without messing up the computer that I wanted to share with you. If you are not happy with your computer’s performance then keep an eye out for new updates. They not only increase performance but also carry a lot of bug fixes.

Hope it helps.

Thanks for reading!

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