98/ME/2000/XP: Remove Windows Temp Files From a Drive

Windows has the capacity to erase temporary files. The following tech-recipe explains how to remove these files from your hard drive.


Windows and Windows-based programs are known for leaving temporary files littered all over the hard drive. Use the following steps to remove these unwanted items.

1. Open My Computer.
2. Right click on your hard drive that you wish to clean (C drive, for example).
3. In the context menu that opens, select properties.
4. Under the general tab, you should select Disk Cleanup.
5. Windows will scan your drive which will take a few seconds/minutes.
6. A box will display the various files you can remove. Here are some safe examples:

    Temporary Internet Files
    Recycle Bin
    Temporary Files

7. Click OK and Windows will comply.

Enjoy the extra space you have created on your drive. If you have more than one hard drive, do not forget to repeat this process for each one.

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