When you use a computer, it creates temporary files for certain tasks. For example, if you are creating something using software and it is still not saved, it stores temporary files in a particular folder. One would think that this function usually takes place in RAM. Yes. But RAM is not always used for this. Temporary files in RAM data are deleted every time you shut down your computer. But the temporary files that are collecting to the hard disk are not automatically removed, and they are left. Adding them over a long period takes up a lot of space on your hard disk. You can remove them manually. In this guide, we are talking about how to delete temporary files in Windows 10 operating system.
Even if temporary files are removed daily using one of the methods mentioned here, your computer will not have a problem. Those temporary files are because they are temporary files. The operating system or your software does not always need temporary files.
Method 1 – The traditional way
Named the traditional method because it comes from older versions of Windows. Microsoft has provided a new method for Windows 10, which is described under Method 2 in this guide. According to my usage, this is the easiest way to delete temporary files in Windows. Follow these steps.
- Press the Windows + R key to open the Run window.
- Type %tmp% and press the Enter key.
- Now it will open the Temporary files folder on your computer.
- Select all the files and folders (Ctrl + A) in this folder and delete them all.
During this deletion, you will see messages indicating that some files could not be deleted. That’s because those files are still in use. Just click on the Skip button and continue the deletion process.
Method 2 – Using Windows settings
If it is difficult to do the first method, try this method. This method is a newly added feature for Windows 10.
- Open the Windows settings (Windows key + I) and go into the System section.
- Select the Storage option from the left side pane.
- Click the Temporary files option under your system installed drive.
- Check the Temporary files checkbox. If you want, add the checkmark to other options too.
- Once selected the Temporary file checkbox, click the Remove Files button.