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W10 stashed TEMP folders inside windows.old - how to proceed?

Q: W10 stashed TEMP folders inside windows.old - how to proceed?

Dear Tenforums,

As I was doing some defragging i noticed that several of my most fragmented files were stashed away in the windows.old folder. I thought this folder was for recovering old installation and personal files? ain't that the thought of said folder?

Moving on, as I want to clear up some disk space and up until now never had any use (atleast that i know of? enlighten me if u want) the windows.old folder; i figred i'd delete it; or atleast delete some of the "big files" that came up during my defraging, as some were old install files and movies etc.

I then noticed after streaming a netflix movie earlier today (before defragging) that it was actually stored inside the TEMP folder INSIDE the windows.old folder.
I then proceeded to "run" --> TEMP and %TEMP% and noticed these folders were pretty bare in terms of content.
Thus, although i might be wrong, it appears as my windows have put the TEMP FOLDERS inside the windows.old folder, rather than in the "new" windows folder etc.

This thus makes me a bit scared to delete/cleanup files and/or the whole windows.old folder.
How shall i proceed? will deleting/cleaning it up screw something over in terms of me "loosing out on my temp folder" etc. etc.


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Preferred Solution: W10 stashed TEMP folders inside windows.old - how to proceed?

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I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

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Forty-eight hours ago I received a notice from McAfee that my anti-virus subscription had expired and they had automatically renewed my subscription and charged me. I could chat with a sales rep to receive a refund, which I did. I noticed that when the rep came online, it was by using GoToAssist, which is usually a product to view files on another computer. The representative asked my I wanted to cancel the subscription, and I said it was because I never had a virus or spyware, so I didn't need it.

Within about 8 hours, my 500 gig hard drive had run out of space because the C:\Windows\Temp folder had more than 200 gig of folders, all having 8 digit names of numbers and letters.

I downloaded a disk cleaner 24 hours ago, SecureClean Agent, and it cleaned it totally up.

This morning, the disk was full again of the same type of files.

My operating system is Windows XP SP2, and as I said, until two days ago, I never had a problem before. I need to find quickly what is stuffing my C:\Windows\Temp folder with all the clutter.

Thanks for all your help. After the files are cleaned out again, I'll run Ad-Aware 8.0 and see if we can spot it. I'll attach a HiJack This log that I ran a couple of minutes ago.

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I thought i had gotten rid of whatever malware i had, but apparently not. It started out as a search redirecting problem. After using SuperAntispyware, i thought that had gotten rid of it. But it didn't. MalwareBytes AntiMalware, SuperAntispyware, and Hitman Pro scans come up clean. But whatever it is, is pounding an svchost.exe process and creating alot of empty .TMP folders in my windows\temp folder. I followed the prep guide, but i can't get the GMER scan to finish... i've tried 3 times. My PC freezes up. The last time i tried, i left it scanning all night and when I checked this morning, it was done. I go to save the log, give it a name and when i click on 'save' it froze. So there is not a GMER log. I hope there's enough information here to work with. I appreciate all the help i can get.DDS (Ver_10-03-17.01) - NTFSx86 Run by lee at 12:00:34.38 on Tue 04/20/2010Internet Explorer: 7.0.5730.11Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.2.1252.1.1033.18.2559.1756 [GMT -4:00]AV: Total Protection for Small Business *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated) {8C354827-2F54-4E28-90DC-AD391E77808C}============== Running Processes ===============C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunchsvchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcssvchost.exesvchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exesvchost.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Maxtor\Schedule2\schedul2.exeC:\Program Fi... Read more

A:svchost.exe, .TMP folders in windows temp file, rootkit ??

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. Please include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Please refrain from running tools or applying updates other than those we suggest while we are cleaning up your computer. The reason for this is so we know what is going on with the machine at any time. Some programs can interfere with others and hamper the recovery process.Even if you have already provided information about your PC, we need a new log to see what has changed since you originally posted your problem.We need to create an OTL ReportPlease download OTL from one of the following mirrors:This is THE MirrorSave it to your desktop.Double click on the icon on your desktop.Click the "Scan All Users" checkbox.In the custom scan box paste the following:CODEmsconfigsafebootminimalactivexdrivers32netsvcs%SYSTEMDRIVE%\*.exe/md5st... Read more

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Everytime I use Auslogics Disk Defrag (newiest version the LOW folder inside C:\Users\(username)\AppData\Local\Temp keeps disappearing not allowing me to print from Internet Explorer. I keep having to type this in " icacls C:\Users\(username)\AppData\Local\Temp\Low /setintegritylevel (OI)(CI) low " in the command prompt.

A:Disappearing of LOW folder inside Temp problem

I use O&O defrag Pro 10. It does not remove temp files on defrag. Try a different program.

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Is there a way I can revert to the Vista style of listing in Documents and other folders? I find the Win 7 set up too spaced out for easy reading. A straight printed list is far quicker to read through. Somewhere I seem to recall that I could change to Classic View but was that only for Vista?

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium , Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) Dual CPU T2370 @ 1.73GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 13
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 2046 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS , 128 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 152524 MB, Free - 121943 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0UK437, , .6RCRN3J.CN4864383H1933.
Antivirus: avast! Antivirus, Updated and Enabled

I'd appreciate some advice please. Thank you.

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This one has me vexed. I want the folders on the desktop to show the contents. At one time they did show the contents but now they don't. In fact yesterday I got the folders to show the contents. I think I did it by restoring defaults under "folder options" in Control Panel. But today they are again just the folder.

I think I know why the folders changed, due to CCleaner cleaning out the thumbnail cache. So how do I get the contents to show again?

Screenshots show how the folders look on desktop and the same two folders in Explorer with the contents showing. But now of course after messing around even the Explorer folders aren't showing contents.

Does it have to do with Aero or desktop theme? Confused.

A:Folders on desktop not showing what's inside

Hello Bru,

It looks like you may have thumbnail previews turned off. You could double check through the options in the tutorial below to make sure that they are enabled to see if that may help afterwards.

Thumbnail Previews - Enable or Disable

Hope this helps,

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I wanted to remove writes and as many writes as possible off my disks to gain maximum performance and also redirect folders thats being written into ramdisk for best response and snappy time. there are few folders I'd like to move to Ramdisk and copy it back to disk before a shutdown.

few folders i'd like to move and most of them are in Appdata\Local\Microsoft\ as well as Appdata\Roaming.

most of the applications I use they have options to where I can manually direct work space towards my ramdisk so solves most of my problem, however window itself don't have that many options so I'd like to change that.

for example, appdata\local\microsoft\windows\explorer\thumbcache_##.db keeps generate itself even after I delete them so I'd like to move them to my ramdisks.

A:redirect few folders inside Appdata

bump!! please share some ideas or advice, im kinda stuck here..

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Home, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU N3050 @ 1.60GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 76 Stepping 3
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 4009 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 452 GB (383 GB Free);
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 09NY2R
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Disabled
File folders with .jpg photos saved inside, when I click on the file to open it, of all the photos inside some open automatically others have to be clicked on individually. I need all of them to open when I open the file. They use to do that but all of a sudden they stopped. Some open automatically but others have to be clicked on separately. ??????

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My HD is partitioned in C: (Windows, apps) and D: (My documents, data, etc, but no apps).
Some time ago, I've noticed a folder in D: with a long alphanumeric name (such as A3CR5GNL9 or alike). Inside this folder there were 2 subfolders - AMD64 and i386 (there could be some other one). To me, it looked like some Windows update folder, but why on D: ?

AVG Internet Security, Malwarebytes, Super Anti Spyware didn't find any malware in it.
So, I've simply renamed it by placing an underline as the first character in it, and left it for many days.

Then, as everithing looked fine, I considered it as kind of a temp left over, and decided to erase it.
At this moment, I got a message some folder inside of it couldn't be erased - was in use or alike.

I used Malwarebytes FileASSASYN and it seemed to be gone.

But, every time I empty the recycle bin, there's a message folder Dd1 (or Dd2) couldn't be deleted, but these folders are not visible (I've set Explorer to show hidden and system files).
Looking at D:'s recycler, there's this folder - D:\RECYCLER\S-1-5-21-1409082233-1390067357-839522115-1003 containing subfolders Dd1, Dd2 (both access denied but seem to be empty) and created/modified in June, files desktop.ini and INFO2 (that can be deleted but seem to be recreated later on). FileASSASYN won't delete the folders.
In Safe Mode I cannot delete them also (shift+del).

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

A:The misterious folders inside recycler

Try remove on reboot located here and if that does not work, download and install unlockerBoth are right-click extensions, so right click the file and run them.

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Windows 7 forum,
I have resized my desktop icons while holding down Crtl key and using
the mouse wheel. Is there a way do the same thing to the icons inside of

Jerry D.

A:Resizing icons inside folders

Hello Jerry,

Yes, you should be able to do the same inside Windows Explorer as well.

Icon Size - Change in Windows Explorer Window

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I'm trying to create a bootable win7 usb and I'm using rufus-2.10 but the thing is it scatters burned files on the usb and create a mess and I want to keep it as organised as possible.. So is there anyway to burn the files inside a folder?


A:How to put burned iso files inside folders

USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create

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I had to re-image my computer because of a virus. Just before I lost everything I started getting files in my temp folder like STS7.tmp and MAR5.tmp. Now they are back. I don't know when they started or what they are but every time I boot my computer there are 2 or 3 of each with a different number. Does anyone know what they are? I checked other computers and no one has them. I'm not sure but I think they may have started when I downloaded real player. I deleted it but they still come up. Can anyone give me advice?

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Is it ok to delete the contents of this folder?

C:\Documents and Settings\Jeff\Local Settings\temp

Mine is about 2.5 GB's.

But I think Outlook Express emails are stored in here too? I don't want to delete my emails.


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When i click on start and Type %temp% i find two temp folders appears it should have only one folder ?

When i open C Drive and open TEMP folder in windows Folder i find kls905A.tmp file an diam unable to delete it why ? Please help me in above question


A:Two TEMP Folders

Hello Aamer and welcome to Seven Forums.

Your specs indicate you're running 64 bit Windows 7. You may have one temp folder for x64 files and another folder for x86 (32 bit) files. As far as deleting the folder(s) you may have to take ownership.

Take Ownership - Allow or Prevent Users and Groups To

Delete temp folder permission - Microsoft Answers

You could also take a look at TFC (Temp File Cleaner by OldTimer.)

TFC - Temp File Cleaner by OldTimer - Geeks to Go Forums

And if a folder is locked because it's in use you could try FileAssassin by Malwarebytes.

Malwarebytes : Remove any locked file with FileASSASSIN

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%temp% brings up 2 temp folders, Temp and temp. Both seem to hold the same files. Guidance please.


A:2 Temp folders

Download ccleaner and run it. Then check for the folders, they will both probably be gone.

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Are there any temp folders in vista?? I am use to cleaning out 6 temp folders in XP about every 7 - 10 days. Search shows up nothing. If there is none it means one less cleaning to do each week.

A:temp folders

Yes there are temporary files in vista.
See Temporary Files - Temp Folder or Disk Cleanup - Last Access Limit on Temp Files for tutorials by Brink.

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I've searched for this topic but can't find it anywhere on the forum, I hope I've not missed it.

Is it possible to create a template for a folder which contains three other folders inside it?

I want to create a folder called 'Work' which contains three other folders called 'links', 'images' and 'complete'.

I get work emailed to me as an attachment and would like to be able to save all attachments to a generic 'work' folder, then rename it and save it to my work directory.

I appreciate it's unlikely, but if anyone could assist I'd be grateful.



A:Can I create a folder template with folders inside?

Please cancel, I've done it!


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Desktop is ok..

But i don't have the black separator when i try to move files or folders opening explorer & c:\
none can be moved (between folders or files), & drag & drop doesn't show the "move" option
in the same folder when i try to order files or folders differently in the same window .. .

I only get move option if i simulate a move/hovering on another folder .. .
but the aim is to put them elsewhere in the same folder .. .

I don't even have "auto arrange" or "align" submenu option inside explorer
(it's present on the desktop)

I'm lost

A:Can't move folders or files inside Explorer

im thinking you are used to vista, windows 7 doesnt do these things any longer by default
but there is a way
try this tutorial it should get you where you want to be.
Windows Explorer Auto Arrange - Disable

welcome to the forum

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Can any one who have Panasonic LUMIX camera tell me what is the folder containing the videos because I think the folder is somehow hidden in my camera. I can see the videos in the camera but I don't see them in the memory card.

A:folders inside Panasonic LUMiX camera


Actually it won't hide the folders by default.
How many folders in your SD CARD can you see? And what are they? Have you used the card reader or directly plug it in your PC? Whether you checked all the folders?

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I have been working on this problem for two days now. I decided i need help. I have set up the desktop the way i want it with fonts and icons I can see. Even got my firefox set up. My problem is when i open any folder the font is so thin and small i can not read it. i did do the screen resolution and changed all to bold. that changed every thing except the font in the folders. I also did the regedit / DLG and DLG2 and changed the font there. It changed nothing . I even changed them to comic sans just to make sure . and yes i did restart. I also changed the SmCapture hight and width in Regedit/ Desktop with no change. What am i missing ? Thanks in Advance.

A:how to change font inside folders, nothing works

Hello Sundown, and welcome to Eight Forums.

This can help show you how to change the text size of items to make them larger.

Advanced Appearance Settings - Change Text Size for Items in Windows 8

You might also see if using step 2 in Option Three in the tutorial below may be able to help with this. It should be the same in Windows 8 as well.

Fonts - Change - Windows 7 Help Forums

Hope this helps,

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I have some hidden folders on my computer just because my older brother has a reputation for deleting anything on here thats mine...dont ask i dont know why..lol. When I click on show hidden folders and apply and close and nothing shows up. So I reopen folder options and the hide button is ticked again any ideas? Here are my logsDeckard's System Scanner v20071014.68Run by Krueger Kids on 2009-01-30 15:18:58Computer is in Normal Mode.---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- System Restore --------------------------------------------------------------Successfully created a Deckard's System Scanner Restore Point.-- Last 5 Restore Point(s) --49: 2009-01-30 23:19:14 UTC - RP67 - Deckard's System Scanner Restore Point48: 2009-01-30 07:22:28 UTC - RP66 - System Checkpoint47: 2009-01-29 07:04:45 UTC - RP65 - System Checkpoint46: 2009-01-28 06:58:10 UTC - RP64 - System Checkpoint45: 2009-01-27 05:13:39 UTC - RP63 - System Checkpoint-- First Restore Point -- 1: 2008-12-31 04:00:44 UTC - RP19 - System CheckpointBacked up registry hives.Performed disk cleanup.Percentage of Memory in Use: 79% (more than 75%).Total Physical Memory: 223 MiB (512 MiB recommended).-- HijackThis (run as Krueger Kids.exe) ----------------------------------------.-- File Associations -----------------------------------------------------------.cpl - cplfile - shell\cplopen\command - rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL "%1",%*.cpl - cplfile - shell... Read more

A:Cant Get Hidden Folders To Show! Logs inside!

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you have not done so, include a description of your problem, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below another staff member will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.Use the 'Add Reply' and add the new log to this thread.Thanks and again sorry for the delay.We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.DDS.comDDS.scrDDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.A small box will open, with an explaination about the tool. No input is needed, the scan is running.Notepad will open with the results, click no to the Optional_ScanFollow the ... Read more

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Is it possible to change the location of folders inside of my user folder like the favorites folder or contacts folder?

A:Movie folders inside User folder.

Hello ROBO,

Yes. The tutorial below can help show you how to. User Folders - Change Default Location
Hope this helps,

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Hola. Some time back, I posted about a problem my boss is having with her computer (which is out of the country, so I can't fiddle with it - much). The issue is folders that are disappearing, on a semi-random basis. She'll work on some files and the next day go to open them, and the entire folder is gone. It's just not there. I've had her make sure they're not hidden. I've had her check through the command prompt to see if Windows Explorer just isn't showing them. I've had her run virus and spyware scans. As promised, I got her to get a HiJackThis log. Here it is:

Logfile of HijackThis v1.98.2
Scan saved at 5:16:47 PM, on 10/22/2004
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPLpr.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office10\WINWORD.EXE
C:\Program Files\AceFTP\AceFTP 3 Freeware\aceftp3free.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\littleboy\Desktop\HijackThis.exe

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A:The Incredible Disappearing Folders, part 2 (log inside)

Try disableing this.
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SB] C:\WINDOWS\System32\SB.exe
Not sure what it is, it's not in PacMan's Startup Programs and Executables Listing, and a google search only brings up two entries about a porn dialer.

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Hi guys,
I need your help. First let me say I have Googled the heck out of this dilemma with no results.
I have run both Malware Bytes, Super spyware and even Windows Security Essentials (this took 2 hours)it found
two baddies which were deleted. The other malware detectives found a bunch of tracking cookies all deleted.
After using CCleaner and rebooting to resolve it, no results. In fact CCleaner did remove them ONCE but they come back.

This is what is happening. These are ?automatically? coming back. I ran %temp% to find all my temp files
and these folders keep showing up. I said ,I ran CCleaner and these were removed once but came back again.
Please see attchment of these folders.
It seems my computer is running ?OK? because I haven't had any bad happen ?yet?. The only thing that is happening is the temp folder is growing with all these folders.
Help is greatly appreciated. Thanks

A:Temp folders deleting

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
Please redo your attachment
Paste into Notepad and save the .txt file and upload it as such
You being infected I doubt anyone will want to download your docx file
It would also be wise to post all of the prior .txt scan results

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What is a quick and painless way to clean out your TMP and useless files from the following locations on XP?

1. C:\temp
2. C:\WINDOWS\Temp
3. C:\WINDOWS\Temporary Internet Files
4. C:\Documents and Settings\"username"\Local Settings\Temp
5. C:\Documents and Settings\"username"\Local Settings\History
6. C:\Documents and Settings\"username"\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files
7. C:\Documents and Settings\"username"\Application Data\Microsoft\Office\Recent

including any other folders I may have missed, I clean out these folders on a regular basis for our users and need a simple tool to save time. Thanks.

A:Temp folders cleanup

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I was reading about certain tweaks for SSD's and the one I am not sure about is whether I should move the default location for my temp files to a separate hard drive, or Data drive. Does anyone else have any ideas on this? I don't understand how I would be able to move the top 2 User Variables from %user profile%\appdata\local\temp to a non system drive like my D:\ drive which is a secondary hard drive that I installed in the second bay that I have on the bottom of my laptop. The bottom 2 are system variables also but don't have appdata in front. They are just C:\Windows\Temp so they don't seem as impossible to move to the data drive. Is this the right thing to do if I am running an SSD as my primary hard drive? What is worth tweaking for my SSD and what isn't but right now this one concerns me the most.

A:SSD's and moving my temp folders

I would not temper with the OS only because it is running from a SSD. There is no logical reason for that.

I run 6 systems from SSDs and never changed anything in the OS (except deleting the hiberfile that I don't need). The oldest system (Vista) runs since 2008 like that.

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I running XP SP2 Home ed. and noticed that there are numerous temp directories? There are different kinds of files/directories under the temp folders. Which temp directories should i delete and should I delete all the sub directories?


A:Temp folders: Which ones to delete?

Use the "Disk Cleanup" in the start/programs/accessories/system tools/ and you can't go wrong.

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I created a Ramdisk and moved all my different browser cache(Opera FF, IE) to it. I moved the IE Cache using tools>options>bowsing history settings>move folder
The cache is being saved to all of them including the IE, but the IE folder is always empty. What is going on?
How do I get it to show me the folders

A:Win 7 Cannot find IE temp folders

Its possible that your browser settings for IE under Internet options/Advanced tab for empty temporary files folder is ticked.

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Hi, just a quick question. I have a Compaq Presario 2200 running Windows XP 512MB of RAM and a 60GB Hard drive. Is it ok to delete everything in the C:\Temp folder and everything in the C:\Windows\Temp folder? Is there anything I shouldn't delete? Can I set the folder to "show hidden files and folders" and then delete everything in them? Any help is appreciated. Thank You!


A:Is it ok to empty the temp folders?

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Hello Everyone!

Before shutting down my computer for the night I use System Mechanic to clean out temp files, history, etc. Recently, I also ran The Ultimate Troubleshooter as well and ended up with a couple of hundred temp gif files in my trash (recycle bin). I ran the clean up programs again the next night and again got a slew of gif files in the trash. It's like every little graphic, cartoon or design I see that day is picked up and stored by my computer.

I've checked my running programs and couldn't find anything that would make my computer want to save all these gif files. Does anyone know how I can change my settings to stop this accumulation? - without effecting some other program, of course.

Thank you.


A:Any way to stop these temp folders?

To the best of my knowledge you can't stop it from happening. You can only delete them everyday if you don't want them. They help you surf by storing things on your computer so you don't have to redownload them while bouncing around a web site. Somewhere in your computer settings you can set it to automatically delete them each time you shut down the computer.

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Good Morning. Could you please tell me the best way to remove temp files and folders from my computer. I am not just referring to temp internet files, but those temps that want to accumulate with time. I believe that I am getting bogged down. My OS is Windows XP. Thank you in advance

A:temp files and folders

Use the Cleanup Wizard. You can automate it with Task Scheduler and few little tricks: http://support.microsoft.com/default...NoWebContent=1


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I have Auslogics disk defragmenter. I set it to delete Temporary internet files before it defragmented. After defragmenting, I tried to scan a RAR file with Nod32 anti-virus. It said 'problem with TEMP files and would not scan the RAR file. I tried a SYSTEM Restore to no avail. What should I do?

Thanks in advance.

A:problem with TEMP folders

Please check for errors in your Event Viewer around the time that you tried to scan the .RAR file. To get to Event Viewer, go to Start and type in "eventvwr.msc" (without the quotes) and press Enter.

Check in the Windows logs - most likely in the Application log file, but also check the System log file

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I have Auslogics disk defragmenter. I set it to delete Temporary internet files before it defragmented. After defragmenting, I tried to scan a RAR file with Nod32 anti-virus. It said 'problem with TEMP files' and would not scan the RAR file. I tried a SYSTEM Restore to no avail. What should I do?

Thanks in advance.

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Has anyone successfully changed the default location of your temp folder?
I have 2 partitions, c and f.
C of course is my system drive.
4 gigs
F is my data drive
27 gigs.

I only have about 700mb left on my system drive, and recently I've been downloading a lot of large unix ISO's, (600mb+) Everytime i get a disk space is running low error because IE wants to download to my system drive first. Of course when its done I have about 40mb left on my c drive. Then when I click close on the download dialog box, windows automatically feeds it to my F drive.
My question is this, how can I redirect that temp folder so It downloads to my F drive instead of my C drive?

Running WinXP

A:redirecting temp folders

Hi Jwpoff, If I understand your question correctly you want to change the folder location for IE.

Go to Tools, Internet Options and click on Settings. In the settings box choose Move Folder and select your "F" drive.

I hope that's what you are looking for.

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I have three different TEMP directories.

C:\Documents and Settings\MYNAME\Local Settings\Temp

what can I clean out of these???

c:\windows\temp has the following in it:
folder: history
folder: VBE
folder: WER136.tmp.dir00
folder: WERA6.tmp.dir00
folder: WERA7.tmp.dir00

C:\Documents and Settings\MYNAME\Local Settings\Temp has the following in it:

folder: _ISTMP1.dir
folder {45ebda59-D338-433A-956E-B2F2364688B56}
folder: {493ADB2D-9755-4B2C-AC5F-524F7531E7B0}
folder: ~EXB0000
folder: ~EXB0001
folder: 3FLF9TV
folder: acs3724aa
folder: Default
folder: ezlisting
folder: hsperfdata_MYLASTNAME
folder: ICD1.tmp
folder: isp3B.tmp
folder: msohtml
folder: msohtml1
folder: outlook logging
folder; VBE
folder: WER1D.tmp.dir00
folder: WER2C.tmp.dir00
folder: WER2D.tmp.dir00
folder: WER11A.tmp.dir00
folder: WER43.tmp.dir00
folder: WER66.tmp.dir00
folder: WERC0.tmp.dir00
folder: Word8.0

some have subfolders - others do not.

just wondering what they are - and if i should delete this stuff.

thanks for any help

A:temp folders - what exactly can be deleted?

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I know this is a dumb question, but I don't know the answer, so I'll ask.

My wife and I both use our desktop computer. We have Windows XP Pro SP2. I'm the administrator and she's a limited user.

I've just downloaded ccleaner and run it one time, to clean up temp files. But I don't understand if it just cleaned up MY temp files, while I'm logged on or whether it also cleans up hers, even if I'm logged on and she isn't. Can someone explain that to me please?

If it only cleans up whoever's temp files is logged on when you run it, I guess I'd have to log off and log back on as her and run it again, to clean up hers too?

A:How many temp file folders are there

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I want to ungroup all my files and folders present on computer with a single click or button or option to choose.Somehow, someone changed the "group by" option of my files and folders from none to group by "type" & "ascending".

I want to ungroup them to none but the problem is that there are some folders in my PC that contain many folders inside folder(i.e. subdirectories) and i've to manually ungroup each of these folder.

Ain't there any option that can ungroup folder and files inside a folder as well or more specifically all the files on my PC.

Any solution or suggestion please!

A:Ungroup files and folders inside a folder(i.e subdirectory)

Hello MirzaAsad,

If you like, you could use the tutorial below to reset all folder views back to default that would also include that.

Folder View Settings - Reset All to Default

Hope this helps,

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Hello. So glad you have this forum. I like many was infected by the Windows Recovery virus. I've completed the following:
1) Ran Malwarebytes program to remove the virus
2) Ran the unhide.exe program to unhide icons.

However, the folders in my Start-After are marked as "empty".

I've seen a topic on how to manually re-instate however, many folders listed do not have the link to the executable where I can right click and adjust the properties. It's like the virus hid those links.

I'm not super technical so I appreciate any help.

A:Folders inside Start-All Programs are marked as empty

This is a manual fix for Vista/Windows 7 users:1. Copy the entire content of this folder:C:\Users\user_name\AppData\Local\Temp\smtmp\1and paste it to this folder:C:\Program Data\Start Menu2. Copy the entire content of this folder:C:\Users\user_name\AppData\Local\Temp\smtmp\2and paste it to this folder:C:\Users\user_name\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch3. Copy the entire content of this folder:C:\Users\user_name\AppData\Local\Temp\smtmp\3and paste it to this folder:C:\Users\user-name\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar4. Copy the entire content of this folder:C:\Users\user_name\AppData\Local\Temp\smtmp\4and paste it to this folder:C:\Program Data\Desktop-- Note: The "Start Menu", "Quick Launch" and "Desktop" folders are system folders. In order to see them, you need to Reconfigure Windows to show hidden files, folders. In Windows Explorer go to Tools > Folder Options and click on the View tab. Under Advanced settings > Files and Folders > Hidden Files and Folders, uncheck "Hide Protected operating system Files (recommended)" and hit Apply > OK. In order to access the "Start Menu" folder, you may need to "take ow... Read more

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It only happens when I open the Downloads folder from Quick Access and This PC.

I've already checked the Folder Option. Launch folder windows in separate process and Open each folder in its own windows both are unchecked

and I also tried everything that I've found, but nothing works

A:Folders inside Downloads folder open in new window

Run sfc /scannow in an elevated command prompt. You may have some bad system files

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I have 2 folders inside c:\recovery. I understand that that folder is used by windows recovery environment. However on my pc there are 2 of them inside c:\recovery. Both folders have same contents (boo.sdi, winre.wim) Is it safe for me to delete one of the folder (the older one).



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In one of my Windows 7 Libraries, I have a folder 'A'. When I click to open it, another folder 'B' opens. When I click on 'B', the real folder I need, 'C' opens. It is only 'C', that contain my files. A and B are empty folders. The result is that I have to make three clicks to get at my files. This mishap occurred when I was re-arranging my files and folders, probably due to finger trouble!

Could you please help me remove A and B.


A:One folder with files, inside a number of empty folders

Quote: Originally Posted by Melita

In one of my Windows 7 Libraries, I have a folder 'A'. When I click to open it, another folder 'B' opens. When I click on 'B', the real folder I need, 'C' opens. It is only 'C', that contain my files. A and B are empty folders. The result is that I have to make three clicks to get at my files. This mishap occurred when I was re-arranging my files and folders, probably due to finger trouble!

Could you please help me remove A and B.


I would move the files in the "c" folder to a new temp folder on the desktop, then delete the tree, B C folders. Now the top level folder A should be empty, move the files there and remove the desktop folder.


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OS: Windows Vista
Type: Desktop PC
So I noticed the other day that my AppData > Local > Temp folder contained probably over 60 GB of crap. Almost all of this crap came in the form of .zip file copies, each one beginning with the preface: "Temp" followed by a number. For example: "Temp1, Temp2, Temp3" all the way up to "Temp 99". An example of such files: 
Temp1_SEUS v10.0 Lite.zip
Temp2_SEUS v10.0 Lite.zip
Temp3_SEUS v10.0 Lite.zip
I recognized these .zips as coming from a mod I downloaded for the game MineCraft a long time ago, however not all the files are from that game. The only commonality between all the duplicates are that they are all .zip files. It is as if my computer is making a backup copy of EVERY .zip folder on the computer, and storing them in the Local > Temp folder.
I deleted all these duplicates just yesterday, and then checked the folder again today. Surprise: 230 more .zip files were created between 9:59 pm and 11:00 pm. In total, 6.67 GB of .zip data was copied - for no apparent reason - to AppData > Local > Temp.
So.... what is going on here? Is this a virus? Is it some weird Windows backup feature? From what I understand, the Temp folder should automatically purge itself of most files once they are not in use. I haven't used ANY of those .zip files in months. It seems like each day they all just re-create themselves, adding even more copies to the already-ungodly amount of copies.
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A:Over 60 GB of zip folders in AppData > Local > Temp

What tool are you using?(Winrar,Winzip..) These compression tools usually use temp folder for temporary location for extraction and other operations.
Do you think all these files are related somehow of the operations you have been doing like extracting? There could also be some background program which uses compression tools.

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So over the years I've played around with Ramdisks and such on an old laptop and during that time I've moved the following folders to the Ramdisk over that time (don't question why I moved them, b/c I'm not sure why I did, probably read a tip or rumor at some point over the years and experimented, which is what this laptop is for)

-System Temp
-System TMP

My question is should I try to manually move this folder back to their original location (which of course begs the question where do they go) or if I remove the Ramdisk will they revert back to their original default location?

A:Restoring temp folders from Ramdisk

Default location of environmental variables

User Variables

TMP %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Temp

System Variables


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When I go to clean out my temp folders in Safe Mode I usually do so having opted to show hidden files and folders including those of the operating system. I often come across "index.dat" and "desktop.ini." files in "Temp" sub-folders like "Content.IE5". As they belong to a temp folder is it safe to delete them eventhough Windows warns us that these are system files that if deleted might affect any programs they might have served.

A:Deleting contents of temp folders

If you want to be cleaning out temp files and folders download ccleaner from http://www.piriform.com but only use it as a file cleaner don't use it as a registry cleaner, as registry cleaners are not very reliable, but as for file cleaners this is the best one out there !

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After installing SP1, at least after every boot for some reason system32\dism folder contents is copied to temp folder, subfolder named like E0CFCE4B-09DE-4CC7-A0A6-D3610943C404. Folder name changes for every time and there can be several folders and contents is same. Is this normal or does anyone have any ideas what causes that?

A:Dism folders content in temp

Vista has a SP2 as well. Have you tried installing that and see if the problem goes away?

Good day!


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First let me explain that the percent symbol (%) looks sort of like 96. Kind of odd.

Now down to business. A couple months back I was told to click Start > Run and enter %temp%. This brought up the temp file. I was instructed to highlight and delete all files here, but that still has not been done because I'm confused a bit.

In the address box at the page top is, C:\WINDOWS\Temp. There are numerous files and folders on this page. There is only one folder on the page labled "Temporary Internet File".

Which is it I am supposed to delete. The entire contents of the page C:\WINDOWS\Temp, or only the what is in the "Temporary Internet Files" folder on this page?

Tonight I tried the whole page, but got a number of warnings saying if I deleted particular files or folders my PC or programs may not run.

For example, one warning said Cookies is a system file and if it is deleted there could be problems, so I clicked No, don't delete. Then another warning came up saying "History" is a system file and if it is deleted there could be problems. Another said deleting the "Temporary Internet File" folder could cause trouble. Another said there could be problems if something called 40comupd is deleted.

One of the files on the c:\WINDOWS\Temp page is called Windows Installer Package. What is that? Should it be deleted?

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A:Deleting %temp% folders/files

Lets make this easy...

Download and install CleanUp http://cleanup.stevengould.org/

Then run the program and it will scan the temp folders. Once complete it will ask you to reboot/logoff. Say YES. This will clean ALL your temp folders.

Some TEMP files are in use. The instructions were to clean the TEMP folder WHILE IN SAFE MODE. Doing it from normal mode won't work as you get a warning message about the files in use, can't delete so and so.....ect. Anyway that program I listed will clean them up.

Temp folders..is just that..TEMPORARY folder. There is nothing legit...required to be running in there...so you can delete everything in the folder. These should always be cleaned from time to time as virus, trojans, hijacks..ect store their files in there.

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