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What are Windows Temporary Files?

Answer:

Windows Temporary Files:

Temporary files are files that are generated by the programs you run that store information that is destined to be deleted once the program exits. Temporary files and folders are created both when you install programs and during normal Windows operation. Temporary files are quite harmless by themselves. When a program exits, it is supposed to delete the files it used.

Windows programs often need to temporarily store information on the hard drive. This is almost always done when installing software, but occurs at other times as well, for example when reindexing a database, extracting compressed files or when using some programs such as Microsoft Word. This information is saved in designated "Temp" folders.

Windows continuously creates temporary files. Though they are temporary, they are not automatically deleted. This can cause problems, and it as been found that searching for and manually deleting these files can help prevent issues or resolve issues with the computer.

In an ideal situation, these temp files are deleted when the applications close. Yet poorly written programs, improper shutdowns, program hangs, and computer crashes often leave unneeded temporary files on the hard drive. Over time, these files accumulate, eating up hard disk space and, at times, impairing computer performance. Corrupted temporary files can cause installation failures or, in some cases, can cause programs or Windows to stop responding. If your computer is acting sluggish, deleting accumulated temp files may help to speed it up. In addition, some shutdown problems and download problems can be cured by cleaning up your temp files.

Depending on whether yours is a server or workstation, and depending on which version of Microsoft Windows you are running, these temporary files reside in different locations. Ask us, and we will show you how to manage this problem.

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