Windows 10: Cannot delete tmp folders

Discus and support Cannot delete tmp folders in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; Hi, small annoying problem, when I go to 'My PC' somehow I have a lot of temporary folders on my C: drive, and cannot get rid of them. Says that 'You... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by metro5053, May 31, 2016.

  1. metro5053 Win User

    Cannot delete tmp folders

    small annoying problem, when I go to 'My PC' somehow I have a lot of temporary folders on my C: drive, and cannot get rid of them. Says that 'You require permission from the administrator to make these changes. I have tried using the command prompt with:net user administrator /active:yes says the command completed successfully, but still cannot delete the folders.
    Example of the 50 folders below:


    Help appreciated please

    metro5053, May 31, 2016

  2. Hundreds of MSI####.tmp files in C:/ Drive

    Here's what helped me:

    The ICACLS command.

    Imagine my Windows ID is Joseph and I have hundreds of MSI*.tmp empty folders on c:\. I'm not going to change the security properties of each one, giving JOSEPH-AND-MARY\Joseph the ability to delete MSI1234.tmp and all the other MSI*.tmp folders.

    No, I need a miracle! The ICACLS command is that miracle.

    Step 1:

    icacls c:\MSI*.tmp /grant JosephCannot delete tmp folders :(F,DE)

    Step 2:

    Now you can delete those pesky folders in Windows Explorer or any utility that deletes empty folders.

    (Note: I did run TAKEOWN c:\MSI*.tmp first, so I'm not sure if that was necessary.)
    SWalkerELT, May 31, 2016
  3. Print spooler

    Documents freeze in my print spool. I clear the spool using %windir%\system32\spool\printers, however, there are .tmp files in the folder that I cannot delete. The printer freezes every time I print. What is solution?
    TerryHolliday72, May 31, 2016
  4. jds63 Win User

    Cannot delete tmp folders

    Are they in the C:>Users>(Name)>Local>Temp Folder or just on C: Drive and it looks like a temp file not a folder.
    I find nothing on this file researching, some software must be doing this.
    jds63, May 31, 2016
  5. CountMike New Member
    Did you try with Disk cleanup ?
    CountMike, May 31, 2016
  6. Hydranix Win User
    These are temporary directories created by .MSI files. MSI files are used to install applications. Have you installed any old software lately?

    Using the root drive for temp files is a method used back before Windows XP SP3 was released.

    To delete the files, you'll probably have to take ownership of the directories and their contents.

    This command should do so. Careful though, this command should be used with caution as it will pretty much destroy any folders in the root of C: which start with "msi", which on a properly maintained system should not exists.

    You will need to open the cmd prompt as admin.

    Code: FOR /F "delims=*" %I IN ('DIR /B "C:\msi*"') DO ( TAKEOWN /F "%I" /R && RD /Q /S "%I" )[/quote]
    Hydranix, May 31, 2016
  7. aftend89 Win User
    IF you load OS in safe mode you can delete these files without troubles
    aftend89, May 31, 2016
  8. jds63 Win User

    Cannot delete tmp folders

    Also a good description. Wonder why they would end up on there instead of the user folder, if that is where they are.

    MSI is an installer package file format used by Windows. Its name comes from the program’s original title, Microsoft Installer, which has since changed to Windows Installer. MSI files are used for installation, storage, and removal of programs. The files are contained in a package, which is used with the program’s client-side installer service, an .EXE file, to open and install the program.
    jds63, May 31, 2016
  9. metro5053 Win User
    OK, tried to delete them in the Safe mode, still says I need administrator permission to carry out the action.
    They are on the C drive not in any folder just listed one after another in amongst Program files, Program files(x86), Windows etc.
    Hydranix, sorry don't really understand what to do, so have not tried it.
    Disc cleanup did not work, unfortunately. Haven't got a clue how they appeared there, being tmp files would have thought I could have deleted them.
    Really appreciated the advice
    Thanks and Regards
    metro5053, Jun 1, 2016
  10. axe0 New Member
    Could you make a screenshot of what files/folders you mean with the directory visible in the address balk and post it please.

    Example of directory in the address balk:
    Attachment 82913
  11. axe0 New Member

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