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    Deleting tmp files

    From time to time I check for temporary files by searching my c: drive for *.tmp. I find some things like ~DFF100.TMP and I am confident I can delete those. But some things I am less sure about. There are things like fffeff15_{8D3ABF01-391A-11D8-ADBC-00502240257A}.tmp in the Windows folder - what are they and can I delete them safely? And in the c:config.msi folder there are things like PT4283.TMP. Can I delete them or will that cause problems for the Windows installer?

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    Re: Deleting tmp files

    You can delete the files with names like fffeff15_{8D3ABF01-391A-11D8-ADBC-00502240257A}.tmp . See <!mskb=221438>Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 221438<!/mskb>.

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    Re: Deleting tmp files

    Thanks, that is really helpful. Any ideas about the things in the c:config.msi folder ?

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    Re: Deleting tmp files

    Unless you're really pressed for space, I'd leave it alone. Not because there is any harm in deleting it, mind you - but simply because the Windows Installer seems to get flaky from time to time and there is no reason to provoke it unnecessarily. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> Other temp files amount to good housecleaning practices, but don't beat yourself over the head trying to get rid of every last bit and byte; you will forever be playing catch-up.
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    Re: Deleting tmp files

    Thanks. The Windows installer had been a bit flaky with me before and I wondered if it was because I had been too keen to delete every last tmp file, so I was keen not to delete these if it might cause a problem. On the other hand, people often advise that getting rid of tmp files can cure problems. Seems like you have to know which ones to delete.

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    Re: Deleting tmp files

    A good habit to get into is to either move or rename the folders containing temp files. Typically it's best to create a new location for the contents, and move the files over. That way, if some program complains about a missing file or things get strange, you can always move them back. Renaming folders is not as safe because many programs will not create a directory if it does not exist, they could complain, hang, or just plain blow up in ways that you would never expect. Internet Explorer, for example, will act like a brain-dead patient if it runs out of room for Temporary Internet Files. No warnings, no messages....just screwball behavior.

    That said, try creating a temporary location for your MSI files, and then move the contents of C:config.msi to that location. If everything seems OK after a few days (or whatever your comfort period is), then you can delete the "temporary temporary" location lock, stock and barrel.
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