How to Clean Up Temp Folder in Windows?

Diana Joan

Sep 30, 2014 08:01 am / Posted by Diana Joan

A temp folder in Windows operating system is used to store files that are once needed but is now not being used. If you don’t clean up the temp folders at regular intervals, the increasing temp files will slow down your computer’s operation and occupy valuable disk space.

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Instructions for cleaning up Windows temp folders:

Method 1. Delete temp files with “Disk Cleanup” function

Step 1. Click on “Start” menu and find “Accessories” to follow “System Tools.”

Step 2. Under “System Tools” select the “Disk Cleanup” option.

Step 3. From the file list in disk you choose, tick the “Temporary Internet Files” and do not tick other files. And then click on “Clean up system files.”

Method 2. Manually delete temp files/temp folders

Step 1. Click on “Start” menu, enter “%temp%” in the search bar and press return key.

Step 2. Then you’ll be shown a list of files and folders in temp folder. Choose all of them to remove all the temp files or just delete a certain temp file.


If the temp file you are going to clean up from Windows is unable to remove, it may be used currently. Close the program related to the temp file and try again.

Step 3. Go to recycling bin on your desktop to remove the temp file or folder permanently.