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    temporary files (windows xp)

    I was talking to a friend about computer files. He said that you can delete all temporary files from your hard disk. When in doubt, go to the experts. Therefore my question is - Should I delete temp files or not?
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    Re: temporary files (windows xp)

    The short answer is yes. There are, of course, several ways to go about this, but it is always best to develop a strategy that works for you to keep your disk clean of most temporary files.

    What it is you do the most of with your computer will determine your approach. There are native Windows utilities that do the job and then there are third party utilities (many <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>) that will do an even more through job. You could start with Disk Cleanup [i]Start>All Programs>Accessories>System Tools>DiskCleanup but be certain to uncheck the option to Compress All (or Old) Files. After you run this utility you should defrag you hard drive. HTH <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: temporary files (windows xp)

    Jack,

    TEMP files mean just that, temporary.

    It is good policy to clean out the TIF folder ( temporary Internet files ) on a regular basis and usually any files in a TEMP folder, that is older than a few days.
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    Re: temporary files (windows xp)

    Doc,

    Why should one "be certain to uncheck the option to Compress All (or Old) Files" in DiskCleanup?

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    Re: temporary files (windows xp)

    That function is well known to cause problems. Even at its best it runs a long time. Sometimes it will hang and never complete. I'm sure some people have good results with it but YMMV. The other issue about it is why compress the files anyway? The cost of mass storage is so low why bother spending the time to determine if a file should be compressed and then compressing it. BTW, if you have Office installed and selected the option to have the installation files cached (which is the default) compressing them will cause you problems with patching Office.

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    Re: temporary files (windows xp)

    And following Joe's remarks, check this thread: <post:=579,885>post 579,885</post:>.

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    Re: temporary files (windows xp)

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by DenGar on 01-Mar-07 16:59. Added comment.)</P>Joe,

    Thanks. I've occasionally compressed files through Disk Cleanup but have never had problems. <img src=/S/crossfingers.gif border=0 alt=crossfingers width=17 height=16> You make a good point about the cost of mass storage. Guess I'll uncheck the option.

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    (And thanks, BigAl, for the link.)

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    Re: temporary files (windows xp)

    Joe,

    I went to run Disk Cleanup but did not see a checkbox to uncheck. When I picked Disk Cleanup from the Start menu, I got a dialog box with a drop down to choose the drive I wanted to cleanup. Once I picked a drive, Disk Cleanup started to run with a message at the bottom of the "progress" box saying it was compressing old files. I never got a choice. It did seem like it was going to take some time based on the progress bar. BTW - I'm running XP SP2.

    TIA

    Fred

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    Re: temporary files (windows xp)

    Once the (preliminary) scan has been run, you are presented with various options regarding what Disk Cleanup can/will do - see The Elder Geek.

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    Re: temporary files (windows xp)

    Leif,

    Thks. So, as the Elder Geek said, that's a category after the preliminary analysis.

    Fred

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