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Tech Support Pits column from Dear Webby's Humor Letter of
03/19/04: Temp Files
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As a long time reader of your humor letter, I’ve enjoyed
everything from the daily quotations to your apt replies to
computer questions, which is why I’m asking you instead
of Microsoft. Not to mention that your solution will probably
help other readers.
While “Spring Cleaning” my overcrowded hard disk, I found
that a mysteriously large 15% of its data is in a folder
ominously called: “Documents and Settings” with 7.48 GB.
Of that the lion’s share is in:
“C:\Documents and Settings\Dennis\Local Settings\Temp”
(an invisible file, seemingly a warning not to meddle)
containing a whopping 6.46 GB in 19,500 files, 146 folders.
Surely this is an unreasonable amount of disk space for
setting, yet a non-expert hesitates to monkey with something
that might upset valued programs, so how to slim down this
Thanks for any advice & the daily grins,
Just open the (files) Explorer (not MSIE),
Click on the Disk Cleanup button
Let it do it's thing. It will take a few minutes.
After that, most of that temp stuff will be gone, and your
machine will run a bit faster.
I usually do that as the last item of a tune-up.
The first item is running Spybot-Search&Destroy.
Next I check fragmentation with disKeeper. It keeps things
defragmented on it's own, because it runs every time the
screensaver kicks in, but I just like to gloat over seeing
0% fragmentation on all drives.
After that I do a diskClean.
Normally I do a tune-up like that every Saturday night,
and once a month I reboot, whether it needs it or not.
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