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The Windows Disk Cleanup Wizard will delete your temporary files, but only if they are over a week old. In this guide you will learn how to create a simple batch script that will clean up your temporary directory.

Create the Batch File

Open Notepad and type the following:

cd C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local
rmdir /S /Q Temp

Automatically Delete Temporary Files in Windows Vista

Save the file as cleantemp.bat

Automatically Delete Temporary Files in Windows Vista

Now double click on the file to remove your temporary files and free up space on your computer.

If this doesn’t work and gives an access error, try replacing %username% with you windows login username.

Automate the Process

You can automate this process by right clicking on the file and selecting create shortcut.

Automatically Delete Temporary Files in Windows Vista

Now place the shortcut in your startup folder in the start menu. Now when you log in to Windows Vista, your temporary files will be deleted.

Automatically Delete Temporary Files in Windows Vista



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  • James

    Good tip – works just fine for me.

  • James

    Good tip – works just fine for me.

  • James

    Good tip – works just fine for me.

  • Mike

    Hey Rich, I tried this and when I tried to run it, the window popped up but it said “Access is denied” a couple times in the dialogue. Did I do something wrong?

  • Mike

    Hey Rich, I tried this and when I tried to run it, the window popped up but it said “Access is denied” a couple times in the dialogue. Did I do something wrong?

  • Mike

    Hey Rich, I tried this and when I tried to run it, the window popped up but it said “Access is denied” a couple times in the dialogue. Did I do something wrong?

  • Rich

    Replace %user_name% with your windows user name.

    If that doesn’t work, try right clicking the file and choosing “Run as Administrator…” Let me know if that works…

  • Replace %user_name% with your windows user name.

    If that doesn’t work, try right clicking the file and choosing “Run as Administrator…” Let me know if that works…

  • Replace %user_name% with your windows user name.

    If that doesn’t work, try right clicking the file and choosing “Run as Administrator…” Let me know if that works…

  • Roberto

    Thanks!

  • Roberto

    Thanks!

  • Rommel

    works great!
    thanks

  • works great!
    thanks

  • Rommel

    works great!
    thanks

  • Andrei

    It does not works for me:(

  • Andrei

    It does not works for me:(

  • Andrei

    It does not works for me:(

  • Rich

    Andrei, where are you having problems?

  • Andrei, where are you having problems?

  • Andrei, where are you having problems?

  • mrogi

    I get this error message:
    “The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process.”

  • mrogi

    I get this error message:
    “The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process.”

  • mrogi

    I get this error message:
    “The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process.”

  • edward

    how will i know if its work?? i cant see it. thanks

  • edward

    how will i know if its work?? i cant see it. thanks

  • edward

    how will i know if its work?? i cant see it. thanks

  • snoxd

    Good tip, thanks :)

  • snoxd

    Good tip, thanks :)

  • snoxd

    Good tip, thanks :)

  • Automatically Delete Temporary

    […] The Windows Disk Cleanup Wizard will delete your temporary files, but only if they are over a week old. To create a simple batch script that will clean up your temporary directories, do the following (Vista instructions): […]

  • Guest

    Great !!! 10x :)


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