Can temporary files produce issues besides taking up space?


  1. Posts : 73
    Windows 10
       #1

    Can temporary files produce issues besides taking up space?


    I heard clearing the temp folders (c:\Windows\temp and the appdata temp folder) can fix issues such as a computer running slow, a printer not working properly and other software issues.

    I'd like to hear opinions on this. How can temp files do anything more than take up needed space?
    Can the operating system use temp files from previous sessions?

    Any help much welcome.
      My Computer

  2. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 25,064
    Win 10 Pro (1903)
       #2

    There can be many reasons for the above symptoms.

    Perhaps the only way temporary files being present could slow a system is if the system disk had very little free space left as a result.
      My Computers

  3. idgat's Avatar
    Posts : 579
    Windows 10 Pro 1909 18363.752
       #3

    antonio3535 said:
    I heard clearing the temp folders (c:\Windows\temp and the appdata temp folder) can fix issues such as a computer running slow, a printer not working properly and other software issues.
    Where from ?
      My Computer


  4. Posts : 73
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #4

    idgat said:
    Where from ?
    well, in my previous job as a tech, the usual troubleshooting for these kind of issues (even if the HDD was nearly empty) was:
    clear the 2 temp folders > CCleaner > Glarys Utilities > Malwarebytes > reboot the computer. And to be honest, this fixed many issues. However, I was never sure which of the steps cleared the issue, as we took these steps before rebooting the computer.
    My doubt now is: why clear the temp folders (which sometimes can take a long time) if the HDD has plenty of free space?
      My Computer

  5. Berton's Avatar
    Posts : 8,239
    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, WinXP Home Premium, Linux Mint, Win7 Pro
       #5

    I've found over the years it's not always the amount of space used but the need of the Operating System and installed programs in reading the contents of the drive/s that can cause a slowness. My first computer had a whopping 120MB HDD, drives have gotten higher capacities since but they have also gotten faster. At one time it was necessary to set the BIOS to show on screen for up to 20 seconds or so to allow the drive to get up to full speed before the OS could load, the CPU speed was outstripping the HDD speed.
      My Computer


 

Related Threads
Our Sites
Site Links
About Us
Windows 10 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 10" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:34.
Find Us




Windows 10 Forums