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PostSubject: General & Temp File Cleanup [Diagram Available]   Thu Jul 08, 2010 6:40 am

General File Cleanup

These are the following common locations I where like to delete unnecessary files. This can speed up the operating system and help reduce the time it takes to run virus scans as well as defrag the computer.

The TEMP directory

1. An easy way to get there is to click on Start the type in %temp%
2. Press Ctrl-A to highlight everything in the right hand panel and press Shift-Delete.
3. This deletes them permanently and doesn't send them to the Recycle Bin

The Software Distribution / Download Directory

1. This contains the files that are downloaded when you update the Microsoft files. Once they are updated, you don't need the files any longer.
2. Start the Windows Explorer
3. Go to C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download
4. Press Ctrl-A to highlight everything in the right hand panel and press Shift-Delete.

Internet Cache Files

For IE 8
1. Tools
2. Internet Options
3. Under Browsing History - Delete button
4. I typically only delete Temporary Internet files and History. I usually leave Cookies since they often contain information for web sites I frequent that i don't want to enter in every time.

Firefox
1. Tools
2. Clear Recent History (Ctrl-Shift-Del)
3. Click on Details
4. Select the Time range to clear
5. Check only those items you want to clear
6. Click on the Clear Now button

Google Chrome
1. Click on the tools icon on the upper right hand corner
2. Select Clear Browsing Data (Ctrl-Shift-Del)
3. Check what you want to clear
4. Select the period of time you want to clear the data
5. Click on the Clear Browsing Data button

Windows TEMP Directory
1. Start the Windows Explorer
2. Go to C:\Windows\Temp
3. Press Ctrl-A to highlight everything in the right hand panel and press Shift-Delete.
4. This deletes them permanently and doesn't send them to the Recycle Bin

The Recycle Bin
1. Right click on the Recycle bin
2. Select Empty Recycle Bin

Other Program's Cache Directories

There are other programs like Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom which cache the thumbnails of the graphic files you edit. This may speed up the program somewhat, but over time I've seen it add gigs of extra files that you may want to clean on a regular basis. See each individual program for the specifics on where those files are kept and the easiest way to delete them.

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