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How to Safely Clean up Temporary Files in Windows 7

Temporary files often storage in your hard drive, but if you store them all the time, they will take up your disk space and even slow down the speed of your computer. So, clearing temporary files is a good way to release disk storage space. Here we show 3 ways of cleaning up temporary files in your Windows 7 computer safely for your better choice.


Way 1: Clean up temporary files using Command Prompt

To remove temporary files in Windows 7, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Click Start menu and tap Search programs and files.

search box

Step 2: Type cmd in the search field, right-click it and select Run as administrator.

type cmd

Step 3: Then pops up window of User Account Control, click Yes button.

click yes button

Step 4: In the Command Prompt window, input these commands as follow:

1. rd /s /q %temp%
2. mkdir %temp%
3. rd /s /q c:\windows\temp\
4. mkdir c:\windows\temp\

Note: After typing each command , and then press Enter.

input commands

It will automatically clean up these temporary files from windows 7 Command Prompt.

Way 2: Delete temporary files by Windows explorer

To clear temporary files in Windows 7, follow the instructions below.

Step 1: Click Start menu and input %temp% in the search box , and press enter. (Or press Win+R to access Run dialog box, type %temp% and click OK button.)

click ok button

Step 2: When appears Temp folder window, hit F10 keyboard, select Tools and Folder options.

choose folder options

Step 3: In the Folder Options window, tap view option. Choose Show hidden files and folders and drives > unselect Hide extensions for known file types. Click OK button.

hit ok button

Step 4: To deselect Hide protected oprating system files (Recommended), you can hit it.

tap hide protected files

Step 5: And this time it will pop up a Warning window, just click Yes to display these files.

click yes to display these files

Step 6: Press Ctrl+A keyboards to select all the files, right click to choose Delete button.

Step 7: Click Yes button to move these 955 items to the Recycle Bin.

hit yes to delete items

Note: It appears a prompt "File in use" due to some files may not be able to be deleted, please tick the box in the front of Do this for all current items, and press Skip button.

press skip

Step 8: Click Continue to permanently get access to this folder.

choose continue

Advice: You can close the folder window and empty your Recycle Bin, permanently removing the files from your PC.

Way 3: Remove temporary files by searching

To clear temporary files in Windows 7, to do so:

Step 1: Click Start > write %temp% > press enter.

Step 2: In the Temp folder window, click Organize and choose Select All from pop-up list.

choose select all

Step 3: Hit Delete key on your computer keyboard and there is a prompt that you can click Yes button to delete multiple items into the recycle bin.

delete multiple items

Note: In order to permanently remove these files from your Windwos 7 computer, you need to empty the Recycle Bin.