Can I Delete This Nonsense?

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  1. Posts : 3,931
    Windows 10 Pro x64, Various Linux Builds, Networking, Storage, Cybersecurity Specialty.

    TairikuOkami said:
    If you can delete them, you can delete them.
    If they were in use, you would not be able to.
    No, no, no! (general statement.)

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  2. Posts : 625
    Windows 10 Pro 21H2 x64

    ".tmp"? =Yes, definitely delete those, if in the usual temporary file directories.

    Looks like old bad OS habits are nearly impossible to get rid of! Power outages had led me to create commands to delete them in autoexec.bat on a Windows 95 system setup from 1997, IIRC.
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  3. Posts : 7,456
    Windows 10 Home 20H2

    I doubt you can delete %WinDir% when Windows is running.
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  4. Posts : 5,816
    Win 11 Pro (x64) 21H2

    AddRAM said:
    This reminds me of the windows update log files, they just keep building and building, even though I use Windows Automatic Update Manger to search for updates manually.

    It`s been a ritual for me personally, to delete them and the contents of the Download folder in the Software Distribution folder every time I use either PC.

    I guess it`s something to look for in Task Scheduler.
    I just use disk clean up to delete whatever files it can, and don't worry about the others it can't. At this point in time, I'm nowhere in danger of running out of storage space.

    I do go through the PC once in a while and delete files I know are no longer necessary, but as far as certain system folders like System 32, not messing with that unless absolutely necessary.

    That's me.
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  5. Posts : 266
    Windows 10 Home 21H2

    I just deleted all .tmp empty folders in that path. So far - nothing unusual, will report back tomorrow.

    - - - Updated - - -

    Whoops, fake alarm: the folders are reproducing themselves again after all deleted. So, no point to delete them...

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  6. Posts : 1,336
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

    @vanp, a few years ago, I noticed what you are seeing. I spent a couple of months just deleting the tmp’s: not any of a few other folders which are not tmp's. Never had any issues doing so.
    I stopped deleting the tmp's since then and both my laptop & PC continue to run fine.

    Those multiple tmp folders would just build back up.

    I checked my PC this morning and there are multiple tw-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxx.tmp folders.
    They contain 299 files, 6,295 folders with a size of 34.4 MB.
    The ones I have checked have 0 bytes (This folder is empty).

    I opened an account in the Microsoft Community and asked: what are these tmp folders for and is it ok to delete them?

    The answer is ”those are remnants of Microsoft provisioning , feel free to delete them, it will not cause any harm to your device, those are just remnants.”

    Since I know from past experience that they would be building back up, I don’t delete them anymore.
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  7. Posts : 5,178
    Windows 11 Home

    Steve C said:
    Delete your Windows folder and report what happens
    Compumind said:
    No, no, no! (general statement.)
    I have just ran this command to remove all .tmp files from C: and all is well. Windows is still there too.
    del *.tmp /s /f /q
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  8. Posts : 183
    W10 Pro v21H1 64-bit
    Thread Starter

    MeAndMyComputer, you apparently got the exact same answer, probably from the exact same person, as I. At least we're getting consistent advice.

    TairikuOkami, I'll let you, Steve C, and Compumind duke this one out. It seems clear that deleting the folders won't do any harm, but also may not do any good. Again, I'll try it this weekend and see what happens. I run a process normally every weekend of checking for software updates, then cleaning my machine several ways, then creating a system image. If I can do this manually as part of this process and keep the number of folders small, maybe I'll do that.

    Finally, the number of folders hasn't changed since I started this topic, whatever that may mean.
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  9. Posts : 7,456
    Windows 10 Home 20H2

    17 hours ago, when I was writing post #15, my "Local" folder was 10.35 MB as shown in the screenshot there. In the past 17 hours, I have done nothing to it. Now, it is 6.60 MB as shown in the screenshot below:

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  10. Posts : 183
    W10 Pro v21H1 64-bit
    Thread Starter

    My 'Local' folder is at 34.8 MB. I assume it hasn't changed since I started this topic since the number of folders hasn't changed.
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