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Unread 04-04-2008, 07:13 PM   #1
Jim
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Safe to delete all .tmp files?

The WinXP Disk Cleanup utility is supposed to get rid of .tmp files, so long
as that box is checked... which it is. However, even after running Disk
Cleanup, I do a Search for *.tmp and a plethora of files pops up on the list.

I heard somewhere that any .tmp file is only that, temporary, and can be
deleted with relative impunity. But I also notice that when I attempt this,
some .tmp files come with a Delete warning that they are System Files and...
(etc.). I have deleted them anyway and, as far as I know, haven't suffered,
but I do wonder to what extent all these are really 'temporary,' and which
should be left untouched.

All tips very much appreciated... thanks!
 
Unread 04-04-2008, 08:13 PM   #2
DL
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Re: Safe to delete all .tmp files?

Anything in the tmp folder can be deleted, but some may be use when you try,
this is normal
You can also from the run prompt enter; %temp%

"Jim" <Jim@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:BE9148C6-BEAA-4F6A-B7AD-B82BB0F14770@microsoft.com...
> The WinXP Disk Cleanup utility is supposed to get rid of .tmp files, so
> long
> as that box is checked... which it is. However, even after running Disk
> Cleanup, I do a Search for *.tmp and a plethora of files pops up on the
> list.
>
> I heard somewhere that any .tmp file is only that, temporary, and can be
> deleted with relative impunity. But I also notice that when I attempt
> this,
> some .tmp files come with a Delete warning that they are System Files
> and...
> (etc.). I have deleted them anyway and, as far as I know, haven't
> suffered,
> but I do wonder to what extent all these are really 'temporary,' and which
> should be left untouched.
>
> All tips very much appreciated... thanks!



 
Unread 04-04-2008, 09:12 PM   #3
PA Bear [MS MVP]
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Re: Safe to delete all .tmp files?

Disk Cleanup will not delete TMP files created within the last 48 hours, by
default.

Windows will not let you delete anything (e.g., TMP files) manually that
might be needed during the current boot.
--
~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
MS MVP-IE, Mail, Security, Windows Desktop Experience - since 2002
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Jim wrote:
> The WinXP Disk Cleanup utility is supposed to get rid of .tmp files, so
> long
> as that box is checked... which it is. However, even after running Disk
> Cleanup, I do a Search for *.tmp and a plethora of files pops up on the
> list.
>
> I heard somewhere that any .tmp file is only that, temporary, and can be
> deleted with relative impunity. But I also notice that when I attempt
> this,
> some .tmp files come with a Delete warning that they are System Files
> and...
> (etc.). I have deleted them anyway and, as far as I know, haven't
> suffered,
> but I do wonder to what extent all these are really 'temporary,' and which
> should be left untouched.
>
> All tips very much appreciated... thanks!


 
 

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