In this post we will explain how to delete temp files windows 7 using three different methods including vbs script and disk-cleanup process. Best solution to free up space on Windows.
- Delete windows 7 temp files manually step by step.
- How to Delete temp files windows 7 and 10 auto with script.
- Delete temp files in windows 7 and 10 from disk-cleanup.
Delete Temp Files Windows 7 and 10.
Can I delete temp files on windows ?
Yes Of course you can delete temp files from windows 7 and 10. I this way you can free up some space form you disk partition.
First of all we are going to explain what windows temp files are. Windows Desktop applications, such as Write, and multiple document interface (MDI) applications, such as Excel, create temporary files to handle necessary user editing. Because a Desktop application cannot have multiple documents open at once, it must immediately create a temporary file that allows you to undo any editing. MDI applications create temporary files only when necessary (for related editing), rather than for every worksheet that is open.
Under normal conditions, these files are closed and deleted by Windows when you quit a Windows session. However, if you quit Windows in an irregular way (for example, restarting the computer or turning it off during an active Windows session) the files are not closed or deleted. Over time, many hundreds of files, created by many programs, can accumulate. When this happens, Windows acts strangely and programs can behave in unusual ways, and can even crash. To avoid this, you should periodically delete temporary files from your computer.
How to Delete temp files on windows 7 and 10 manually step by step.
Step 1: Click on Start button and then choose Run.
Step 2: In the Run window or search box, type the following command: %temp%
This command, will open the folder that Windows has designated as your Temp folder:
Step 3: Select all of the files and folders within the Temp folder that you want to delete (you can use Ctrl+A keyboard shortcut to select all). Delete all the temporary files and folders you have selected, using the Shift + Delete key on your keyboard or delete with the right button of the mouse but don’t forget to empty the recycle bin after doing that.
Note: You may be asked to confirm that you wish to Delete Multiple Items. You may even have to click Yes on a special Confirm Multiple File Delete window that appears. If you receive a pop-up that says Windows is unable to delete files or Error Deleting File or Folder, it’s probably because they are currently being used. Simply close the program, restart the PC and press Try Again.
Step 4: Repeat all the steps above for the temp folder in the: C:\Windows\temp
The same way you can delete windows 10 temp files. Only graphic interface is different.
Delete temp files windows 7 and 10 auto with script
With this vbs script created by Mohammed Obad you can delete temp files windows 7 and 10 for all User and System as well as Internet Temp files, with only one click. Also, you can Deploy with SCCM or configure to GPO. Below you can find the VBS script.
The script works for Windows 10/7/XP.
'========================================================================== ' VBScript Source File -- Created with SAPIEN Technologies PrimalScript 2009 ' NAME: Delete Temp Files ' AUTHOR: Mohammed Alyafae , ' DATE : 9/21/2011 ' COMMENT: this script delete all user and system temporary files and folder ' also delete Internet Temporary files '========================================================================== Option Explicit Dim objShell Dim objSysEnv,objUserEnv Dim strUserTemp Dim strSysTemp Dim userProfile,TempInternetFiles Dim OSType Set objShell=CreateObject("WScript.Shell") Set objSysEnv=objShell.Environment("System") Set objUserEnv=objShell.Environment("User") strUserTemp= objShell.ExpandEnvironmentStrings(objUserEnv("TEMP")) strSysTemp= objShell.ExpandEnvironmentStrings(objSysEnv("TEMP")) userProfile = objShell.ExpandEnvironmentStrings("%userprofile%") DeleteTemp strUserTemp 'delete user temp files DeleteTemp strSysTemp 'delete system temp files 'delete Internet Temp files 'the Internet Temp files path is diffrent according to OS Type OSType=FindOSType If OSType="Windows 7" Or OSType="Windows Vista" Then TempInternetFiles=userProfile & "\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files" ElseIf OSType="Windows 2003" Or OSType="Windows XP" Then TempInternetFiles=userProfile & "\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files" End If DeleteTemp TempInternetFiles 'this is also to delete Content.IE5 in Internet Temp files TempInternetFiles=TempInternetFiles & "\Content.IE5" DeleteTemp TempInternetFiles WScript.Quit Sub DeleteTemp (strTempPath) On Error Resume Next Dim objFSO Dim objFolder,objDir Dim objFile Dim i Set objFSO=CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject") Set objFolder=objFSO.GetFolder(strTempPath) 'delete all files For Each objFile In objFolder.Files objFile.delete True Next 'delete all subfolders For i=0 To 10 For Each objDir In objFolder.SubFolders objDir.Delete True Next Next 'clear all objects Set objFSO=Nothing Set objFolder=Nothing Set objDir=Nothing Set objFile=Nothing End Sub Function FindOSType 'Defining Variables Dim objWMI, objItem, colItems Dim OSVersion, OSName Dim ComputerName ComputerName="." 'Get the WMI object and query results Set objWMI = GetObject("winmgmts:\\" & ComputerName & "\root\cimv2") Set colItems = objWMI.ExecQuery("Select * from Win32_OperatingSystem",,48) 'Get the OS version number (first two) and OS product type (server or desktop) For Each objItem in colItems OSVersion = Left(objItem.Version,3) Next Select Case OSVersion Case "6.1" OSName = "Windows 7" Case "6.0" OSName = "Windows Vista" Case "5.2" OSName = "Windows 2003" Case "5.1" OSName = "Windows XP" Case "5.0" OSName = "Windows 2000" End Select 'Return the OS name FindOSType = OSName 'Clear the memory Set colItems = Nothing Set objWMI = Nothing End Function
Just copy the above commands on txt file and save like “deletetempfiles.vbs”
Delete windows 7 temp files from diskcleanup. (The same for Windows 10)
We are going to explain procedures step by step to deleting windows 7 and 10 temp files using dick-cleanup. The below procedures is the same for both Windows operation system, 7 and 10.
In the Start menu, select the All Programs option and choose System Tools from the Accessories menu.
From here Select Disk Cleanup. The wizard will identify the files it thinks you can delete, also telling you how much hard-drive space it will free up.
From the list, untick the boxes to ensure just Temporary files and Temporary internet files is selected. Click ‘Clean up system files’. Also you can check other options to delete unused files.
If you have any question or error regarding Delete temp files in Window 7 or 10, please feel free to ask!