How to delete or erase junk, temporary files and folders in Windows 7, 8 and 10

It happens that there are processes and folders created on our computer normally by the Microsoft Windows operating system, these folders and files that are processes that often end up occupying space both on the hard drive and in the RAM of our computer, affect the process and speed with which our computer operates.

Basically creating a set of digital garbage that takes up more space than it should, these files are lost. These ghost files or junk files that are created by our computer are usually temporary files or folders that the computer uses for specific processes at some point.

The appearance or creation of these folders or files may vary depending on our operating system, be it Windows 7, Windows 8 or the large number of versions that Windows 10 has , since the latter being the most recent is usually the one with the most processes in The background is by default, thus taking up more space and memory.

The problem with these files can be the following, normally they take up a lot of space but they are quite camouflaged in plain sight with files that are important and that deleting them can jeopardize the optimal functioning of our computer, leaving the Windows system incomplete, thus affecting indirectly the functionality of this, that is to say, it can present failures.

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How do I identify Windows temporary files?

Windows is made up of a set of huge folders within your system, in this way it works correctly, many of these folders are identified with their function, others not so much, there are a large number of files that are there for the sole reason of being residue from some old system application or process, these files are stored in a folder called Temp.

The Temp folder is found within Windows and this, as its name indicates, is responsible for grouping temporary system files in order not to leave them scattered throughout the system, but rather to archive them and save them in a folder that is rarely used. recurs, these files are forgotten and ending up occupying space avoiding installing or updating Windows.

The main problem or the reason for deleting these files and folders is usually the fact that they take up too much space inside the hard disk, so when the hard disk is saturated with information or files and it has little space left, a large part of this space will be occupied by temporary files that are system garbage.

How to delete Windows temporary files?

Windows 8 and Windows 10

These two systems, being the most recent, share many similar functions and aesthetics when organizing folders in Windows, the tools and their locations are the same or similar so they are easier to locate and are usually almost always occupying the same amount of disk space, for this you must have Windows activated otherwise it will block the command.

  • Go to the start screen and next to this you will locate two keys, the Windows key which is the key with the Windows logo on the keyboard and the R key.
  • Press these keys simultaneously and an execution window will appear. This window allows us to navigate quickly through the system.
  • In the writing bar, that is, in the available field you write the following command % TEMP%, it has to be written in this way otherwise it will end up giving us an error and it will not find the location.
  • Inside the Temp folder select all the files and press delete on the keyboard to delete all the files in this folder.

Windows 7

  • Look for the Windows button on the screen and select it, in the program and file finder type temp and press enter.
  • Proceed to delete all the contents of the folder in this way you would be deleting all the temporary files of the system.

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It should be borne in mind that when deleting these files the system search histories and cookies are also erased , in addition to the records, everything returns to be as if certain things had never been accessed or searched, leaving the system search engines and the browsers as if they were installed for the first time.

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