Windows 10: What are TEMP files in C drive and can I safely delete them?

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  1. What are TEMP files in C drive and can I safely delete them?


    I have these TEMP files and a lot of TEMP.DESKTOP files and I'm not sure what to do with them. I had these since I fixed the temporary profile corruption. I'm wondering if I should delete them and if they are safe to delete them.Windows 10

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    mohammadtahir3, Jan 15, 2023
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  2. Ken Blake Win User

    Is it safe to delete the Temp folder in C:/Windows/Temp?

    Yes, all *files* in the temp folder (not the folder itself) can, and should be, deleted periodically.

    The temp folder provides workspace for programs. Programs can create temporary files there for their own temporary use. Each program should delete all its temporary files when it closes, but for various reasons it doesn't always happen (for example,
    if the program crashes, it never gets to do this). That's why it's a good idea to periodically clean out anything left there.

    Also note that there are some program installations which work in two steps. The first step concludes by writing temporary files and rebooting. The second step starts automatically after rebooting and needs to find those files there (and then deletes
    them when it's done).

    Other than doing it automatically when rebooting (that would interfere with installations like the kind I described), it's always safe to delete the contents of the temp folder. Because it's safe to delete any temp files that aren't open and in use
    by an application, and since Windows won't let you delete open files, it's safe to (try to) delete them at any time. If any fail to delete because they're open, they'll either be deleted automatically when the app using them closes, or you'll get them the
    next time you delete manually.

    Some people may suggest that you reboot before deleting anything, but that's not necessary, for the reason described above (on the other hand, it doesn't hurt to do it).
     
    Ken Blake, Jan 15, 2023
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  3. BetaKast Win User
    Curious if it is safe to delete .tmp files with in C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\Temp directory?

    I've been curious as to if it is safe to delete these .tmp files in the C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\Temp directory. If not the can someone please provide a full SAFE list of directories for any and all TEMP file(s) that are 100% SAFE to delete within Windows 10.

    Thanks,

    Beta
     
    BetaKast, Jan 15, 2023
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  4. What are TEMP files in C drive and can I safely delete them?

    Is it safe to delete the Temp folder in C:/Windows/Temp?

    My computer shows that 88% of my 240 GB disk drive is being taken up by the Temp folder (C:/Windows/Temp). Almost all the files in that folder are named x264.log.mbtree. I think these files may be associated with a program I have called MCEBuddy that converts
    *.wtv files from windows media center into .mp4 files. Would it be safe to delete the entire Temp folder or just the contents related to the conversions? If I am mistaken about these .mbtree files please let me know.

    Thanks in advance for your response.
     
    KurtLindstrom, Jan 15, 2023
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