There are two reasons why you would want to get rid of your Windows 10 computer’s temporary files or cache:
- to free up some storage space, and
- to speed up antivirus scans.
Temporary files are created and used by the operating system. They’re stored in the Temp folder.
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Steps on how to delete temporary files in Windows 10
- Turn on your PC.
- Right-click on the Start button.
- Click Run.
- In the Run window that appears, type %temp%. Depending on the size of the Temp folder, it may take some moments to load the files fully.
- Highlight everything in the Temp folder by pressing CTRL+A.
- Delete all highlighted files and folders.
- Tap or click Skip if you’re presented with a File In Use or a Folder In Use warning during the temporary file deletion process. This is the way Windows remind you that the file or folder being deleted is being used by another program. Selecting Skip tells Windows to let the file or folder stay so you can move along with the deletion of other files or folders.
- Wait until all temporary files are deleted. This can take seconds or minutes, depending on the total size of the files and folders.
- Finally, locate Recycle Bin on your Desktop, right-click or tap-and-hold the icon, and then choose Empty Recycle Bin.
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