Temporary Files - Temp Folder

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How to Clear Vista Temporary Files in the Temp Folder
Synopsis
This will show you how to clear the Vista temporary files through Disk Cleanup or manually in the Temp folder.
How to Clear Vista Temporary Files in the Temp Folder

information   Information
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.
Note   Note
The Vista Temp folder is located at:

C:\Users\(User-Name)\AppData\Local\Temp

warning   Warning
While it is safe to delete these files, it is best not to do this while installing or uninstalling anything.
Tip   Tip
CCleaner is a free program that is great at keeping the temporary files cleaned up and more.

EXAMPLE: Vista User Account Temp Folder
Temp_Folder.jpg




METHOD ONE
Through Disk Cleanup
Note   Note
Disk Cleanup will only delete Temporary files that have not been modified in 7 days. To clear everything, see METHOD TWO below, or How to Set Disk Cleanup to Delete Vista Temporary Files Less than a Week Old .

1. Open Disk Cleanup.​
2. Check Temporary files. (See screenshot below)​
3. Click on OK.​
4. Click on Delete Files to confirm the action.​
Disk_Cleanup.jpg






METHOD TWO
To Manually Clear the Temp Folder

Note   Note
The Temp folder is located at the hidden system folder:

C:\Users\(Your Username)\AppData\Local\Temp


1. Open the Start Menu.​
2. In the white line (Start Search) area, type %temp% and press Enter.​
NOTE: This opens the Temp folder.
3. Delete anything you want in this folder. (See screenshots below step 4)​
warning   Warning
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.
warning   Warning

Code:
icacls %UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Temp\Low /setintegritylevel (OI)(CI)low
Note   Note
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)
Note   Note

File_In_Use.jpg

4. Close the Temp folder when done.​
Temp_Folder.jpg
Temp_Empty.jpg

That's it,
Shawn




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Hi VistaKing,

Logging off and on, or restarting the computer, will have Vista automatically replace the folder. I will add a note to the tutorial to warn others of this.

Thank you,
Shawn

UPDATE:
Just close and reopen IE7 to recreate the Low folder.
 
Hi VistaKing,

Logging off and on, or restarting the computer, will have Vista automatically replace the folder. I will add a note to the tutorial to warn others of this.

Thank you,
Shawn

Shawn,

Let me try that and I will let you know about the results
 
Hi VistaKing,

Logging off and on, or restarting the computer, will have Vista automatically replace the folder. I will add a note to the tutorial to warn others of this.

Thank you,
Shawn
Shawn,
I tried restarting the computer and it didn't bring back the " low " folder. I had to recreate it and then open up CMD with Administrator rights and typing this in " icacls C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Local\Temp\Low /setintegritylevel (OI)(CI)low " .
 
Great Tutorials and Tips - I love 'em all!

Can you expand on the LOW folder in TEMP? I didn't have one and no doubt deleted it at some stage, as I regularly manually empty this folder. But have had an intermittent fault while printing within MYOB. Sometimes does, sometimes doesn't (only since changing to 64 Bit Vista). I have re-installed the LOW folder as per your tutorial and just tried printing from within MYOB and it worked. Usually I have to disable UAC, reboot and then do the printing, then re-enable UAC and then it will print until next shut down/restart of the machine. I wonder (and it is early days) if this was effecting print, as your comment that it may cause IE problems, prompted me to look.

Many thanks
Kotuku
 
Hi Kotuku,

I bet it was effecting the print problem you were having. The Low folder is used to store these print jobs temporarly until done. The command sets the correct permission level for the Low folder after recreating it.

I'm happy to hear that it is working for you now,
Shawn
 
Hi VistaKing,

Logging off and on, or restarting the computer, will have Vista automatically replace the folder. I will add a note to the tutorial to warn others of this.

Thank you,
Shawn
Actually, I've noticed that simply restarting Internet Explorer (in Vista) will recreate the Low folder, no log-off or re-start needed.

Mic
 
Hi VistaKing,

Logging off and on, or restarting the computer, will have Vista automatically replace the folder. I will add a note to the tutorial to warn others of this.

Thank you,
Shawn
Actually, I've noticed that simply restarting Internet Explorer (in Vista) will recreate the Low folder, no log-off or re-start needed.

Mic
Mic,
I've tried restarting Internet Explorer and the LOW folder didn't recreate itself.
 
Hi VistaKing,

Logging off and on, or restarting the computer, will have Vista automatically replace the folder. I will add a note to the tutorial to warn others of this.

Thank you,
Shawn
Actually, I've noticed that simply restarting Internet Explorer (in Vista) will recreate the Low folder, no log-off or re-start needed.

Mic
Mic,
I've tried restarting Internet Explorer and the LOW folder didn't recreate itself.
Interesting . . . I've tried this on several computers and in several VMs and it worked almost every time.

The only time I noticed it didn't work was if iexplore.exe wasn't terminated completely.

Check in Task Manager to make sure the exe terminated.

Sometimes closing all IE windows will still leave the derned thing running in the background until Windows figures out that it should have been terminated.

Mic
 
Hello!
I deleted all junk files in local\temp except two. first error says this file no longer locate in local\temp. So it won't allow me to delete it. I know for the fact that I saved it in my E: drive CD(which is now destroyed).
The second error:

BROKEN LINK REMOVED

It does not give me the SKIP option.
Is there any way to get rid of it?
Thanks.
 
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