Deleting files from


  1. Posts : 68
    Ubuntu 20.04 / Windows 10 Pro (boot from grub)
       #1

    Deleting files from


    Hey guys;
    I seem to have a bit of an OCD issue with deleting unnecessary files from my computer, even though I have plenty of space on the drive.
    My system is Windows 10 Pro - latest build.
    I have Windows installed on a 500GB SSD partition.

    I have periodically deleted the files in the C:\Users\<myusername>\Local\Temp.
    Sometimes after doing this, I lose my Quick Launch icons, and some apps need to re-initialize before being run.
    I have had the problem with apps re-initializing mostly with older 3rd party apps, not Microsoft apps.

    So, I guess it's not ok to delete the files in the temp folder.
    I have switched to using the native Disk Cleanup tool, but I've been reading some good things about CCleaner. I've never trusted 3rd party cleaner utils, although my go-to registry editor is Registrar registry manager. I have been using it for a long time.
    I understand that messing with the registry can be dangerous, but I have had enough experience with it so I no longer have a problem with breaking Windows when I do clean out entries from apps I no longer have installed.

    What are your recommendations? Should I just leave the temp files (and the registry) alone, and let Windows do it's thing? Or are there some files that should be removed regularly?

    Thanks
    Ultrarunner
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  2. Posts : 36,412
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #2

    Hi, best leave the registry well alone, unless you have a very specific and focussed issue that can't be dealt with any other way. Then make sure you have a backup before making any changes - don't rely on System Restore as restoring doesn't always complete successfully.
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  3. Posts : 19,261
    W11+W11 Developer Insider + Linux
       #3

    Beside Disk cleanup, you could also use DISM
    In Command prompt (as admin) just type or copy this line:
    dism /online /cleanup-image /startcomponentcleanup /ResetBase
    I also use UnCleaner Download UnCleaner - MajorGeeks which is very safe and on some occasions, specially after updates or program (un)installation removes 100 or more Megabytes of useless junk.
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  4. Posts : 5,384
    21H1 64 Bit Home
       #4

    FYI:

    Deleting files from-temp.jpg

    See first item here:

    CCleaner.com - Changing advanced settings




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