How to Clear Vista Temporary Files in the Temp Folder
The Temp folder is where Vista and programs sometimes store temporary files. Sometimes these files are not deleted after Vista or the program is finished with them. This can cause the temp folder to fill up with junk temp files which may cause Vista to take longer to access the Temp folder and create a slight delay.
This will show you how to clear the Vista temporary files through Disk Cleanup or manually in the Temp folder.
The Vista Temp folder is located at:
While it is safe to delete these files, it is best not to do this while installing or uninstalling anything.
is a free program that is great at keeping the temporary files cleaned up and more.
EXAMPLE: Vista User Account Temp Folder
Through Disk Cleanup
Open Disk Cleanup
Check Temporary files
. (See screenshot below)
Click on OK
Click on Delete Files
to confirm the action.
To Manually Clear the Temp Folder
folder is located at the hidden
Open the Start Menu.
In the white line (Start Search) area, type %temp%
and press Enter
NOTE: This opens the Temp folder.
Delete anything you want in this folder. (See screenshots below step 4)
If you delete the Low
folder, it can prevent you from printing from Internet Explorer. To fix this, close all Internet Explorer windows and reopen Internet Explorer to recreate the Low
folder. You can also manually fix this by recreating the Low
folder in the Temp
folder below, open a elevated command prompt
, then Copy and Paste the command below in the command prompt and press enter.
icacls %UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Temp\Low /setintegritylevel (OI)(CI)low
If you receive a File In Use
error message while the files are being deleted, then this just means that one of the temp files is in use by a program right now. Click Skip
to continue deleting the other files, then close all open programs, and repeat the steps above. If you still receive the message, then restart the computer or logoff and logon, and repeat the process again. (See screenshot below)
Close the Temp folder when done.