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Deleting Temp Files In Windows. 

These instructions are for deleting the temporary files created when certain programs are run or installed.  (Windows is SUPPOSED to do this automatically but it often misses LOTS and these files, if left behind, can cause lots of problems with your computer.)  These instructions will NOT delete temporary Internet files.

This works on ALL versions of Windows, though the "Find" feature in Windows XP is called "Search", but the basic process is the same. 

First, close ALL open programs. 

Click on your start button, then go to find, then files or folders in this "Find All Files" dialog box, make sure where it says "look in", that it is looking at your C: drive (or, if you have multiple hard drives or partitions, be sure "All Local Drives" is selected) and be sure there is a check in the box next to where it says "include subfolders" Now, click your mouse pointer in the box that says "named" and type the following, exactly as it is here.

*.tmp,*.chk,~*.*  

That's asterisk period t m p comma asterisk period c h k comma tilde asterisk period asterisk with no spaces.   

(The "tilde" is the little squiggle above the Tab key on the left end of your keyboard.....DO NOT FORGET THE TILDE as ~*.* will find all files which begin with ~, but *.* without the tilde would find all files on the drive.....and you DON'T want to do that!!)

Once it finds all the files, it will list them in the box below and at the bottom it will tell you how many it found

Hit ctrl+a to select them all, then hit your delete key....If it won't delete some of them, that's because they are attached to some program running in the background, so you may have to delete them one at a time.

All of these files are safe to delete and removing them can solve some crazy problems you may be having.  However, if you are concerned about this, leave the files you deleted in your recycle bin for a few days until you are sure all is working properly.  This way, you can restore the files from the recycle bin if you have a problem...or, as is *always* the case when I do this, just permanently delete the files from the recycle bin once you are sure all is well.

Once they are all deleted, you can save this process as an Icon on your desktop so you can repeat it with one click.

Still inside the "Find All Files" box, go to the File menu and click on "Save Search"......this will put an icon on your desktop that you can click on any time you want to delete temps again!

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