How to Clear Temporary Files from Windows

Windows has the habit of storing some temporary files and caching some data in order to decrease the loading times for some applications and to make sure that it doesn’t have to rewrite regularly needed data. These temporary files come in especially handy if it needs to propagate regular tasks and should be kept stored on your computer automatically by Windows.

However, in some situations, these files can be corrupted and this can result in the prevention of proper function on the operating system. Therefore, in this step, we will be taking you through the easy task of simply clearing these temporary files from your computer. These files are automatically regenerated by the system so you don’t need to worry about any permanent consequences.

There are two steps that you have to take in order to clear temporary files.

Clearing Temp Files:

The first folder in which the temporary files are stored in the “Temp” folder inside your root directory. In this step, we will be clearing all the files from this folder to fix any errors or issues that are being caused due to them. Make sure to follow through carefully with all the steps to ensure that you don’t end up deleting or removing any important stuff.

  1. Click on the “Search Bar” on your taskbar and type in ‘RUN’.
  2. Click on the first option presented to you and the Run window should open up on your screen.
  3. In this window, type in “%TEMP%” and press “Enter” to launch the temporary files folder.Opening temp folder
  4. Press “CTRL” + “A” inside this folder to select all the items present inside it.
  5. Press “Shift” + “Delete” to remove all of the selected files from your computer.
  6. Confirm any on-screen prompts presented to you by Windows.
  7. Now, the temporary files will automatically be removed from your computer.

Clearing App Data Files:

This second folder that we will be clearing in this step contains temporary files associated to third-party applications. These files are often also automatically regenerated but sometimes some applications such as FFXIV might lose some startup settings due to this but for the most part, you should be safe. Deleting all of the files in this folder shouldn’t be necessary in most cases but to make sure, you can do so nonetheless.

  1. Click on the search bar present on your taskbar and make sure to type in “RUN”.
  2. Click on the first option to launch the RUN window and type in “%appdata%” inside it.
  3. Opening AppData Folder
  4. Once typed, press “Enter’ to launch this folder and you should see individual folders for each third-party application that has been installed on your computer.
  5. From here, either select a singular folder or press “Ctrl” + “A” to select all the folders present inside this folder.
  6. Press “Shift”+ “Delete” to permanently remove these folders from your computer and confirm the prompt that you chose to do so.
  7. After doing this, the app data folders will have been cleared from your computer as well.

By clearing the folders from both the AppData and the Temp folders, we have successfully removed temporary files from our Windows computer. For further cleanup, you can perform a disk cleanup and remove any quarantined files.

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