Windows 10: Disk Cleanup Bug with Temporary Files

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  1. Posts : 32
    Windows 10 Professional 64 Bit
       6 Days Ago #1

    Disk Cleanup Bug with Temporary Files

    Hey guys,

    when i run the disk cleanup the "temporary files" always shows up with 4mb...i have checke every folder that might contain these files but its over a week it always shows up with that..
    i have ccleaner and other tools butno matter what it shows up with that..

    see attachment

    the only way it goes to 0 is if i modify the registry and put the number of days to something later like 14 ....doesnt
    make sense..

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  2. Posts : 4,492
    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, Win7 Home, Linux Mint
       6 Days Ago #2

    I use Windows Key + R and type %temp% to check the contents of the Folder. When using Select All then Delete there's ALWAYS a few files that are in use and cannot be deleted from within Windows. Sometimes rebooting to assure no programs are running or booting into Safe Mode will shorten the list.
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  3. Posts : 32
    Windows 10 Professional 64 Bit
    Thread Starter
       6 Days Ago #3

    thanks for the reply but i think its abit deeper than that...
    windows temp
    appdata temp
    system32 log files

    all are cleared with no files in them....ive tried safe mode but same thing,
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  4. Posts : 32
    Windows 10 Professional 64 Bit
    Thread Starter
       6 Days Ago #4

    this has to be a bug...
    i also completely deleted the appdata temp folder itself along with the windows temp folder and system32 log files folder.
    completely erased and dick cleanup still showing the above post...
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  5. Posts : 4,492
    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, Win7 Home, Linux Mint
       6 Days Ago #5

    Still may not be a bug if you have not changed the View settings to show all System files, default is to hide most and a Folder could show empty at the same time as showing data as to how much capacity is in use.
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  6. Posts : 32
    Windows 10 Professional 64 Bit
    Thread Starter
       6 Days Ago #6

    Yes the view is to show all hidden and system files.. as I mentioned I even deleted the directories completely.
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  7. Posts : 32
    Windows 10 Professional 64 Bit
    Thread Starter
       5 Days Ago #7

    Any ideas?
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  •    5 Days Ago #8

    stevie said: View Post
    Any ideas?
    Windows creates temporary files all the time. Those cannot be deleted if the OS is using them. In the end, 4MB is absolutely tiny in the scheme of things, and not worth worrying about. If it was say 400 MB, further examination might be justified but for 4 MB - forget it
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  • Posts : 32
    Windows 10 Professional 64 Bit
    Thread Starter
       5 Days Ago #9

    For sure and your absolutely correct. Just weird
    I looked further into it
    Inside the registry
    Theirs a path


    In their theirs a key called temporary files
    Even after modifying the paths it stays at 4mb... just funny how modifying the paths doesnít change it to 0, itís weird
    The paths say windows temp, windows logs, appdata temp and system32 log files.... if I remove them one by one and keep only appdata temp or windows temp it still says 4mb... this is super weird
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  •    4 Days Ago #10

    Don't know why I didn't mention this sooner, but one tool that does a really great job with temp files that aren't locked is Josh Cell Software's Uncleaner. You might want to try it out and see if it can recover some of that stuff. But in general, I agree with other posters here who assert that (a) 4 MB isn't really much cause for concern, and (b) that Disk Cleanup doesn't always report temp file disk space consumption entirely accurately.
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