Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Deleting Temporary Files

After long time of using your computer, it may stores many temporary files and cookies on your computer. The more days you have specified for pages to be created on your history list, the more disk space is used on your computer. The only way to free up disk space is to clear the list and delete all the temporary files.

What are temporary files?

Temporary files are just that, designed to be temporary, which also called temp files. The cache or temporary Internet files are files like graphics, Web pages, cookies, and so forth. Those are stored on your computer's hard disk to speed up surfing. Next time you surf to a page again, the page should load faster because you already have some of the information stored on your computer’s hard disk as Temporary Internet Files.

Temporary files usually have filenames that end with the extension .TMP. They can be created by many different programs. So thought the end of the temporary files’ filenames are same, it difficult to find out where the files came from, and what program created a specific temp file.

Why are temporary files created?

Firstly, Web Browser, such as Internet Explorer, create "Temporary Internet Files" to store user data, including cookies, images from visited Web pages, and the user's browsing history.

Then, many programs, such as those included with Microsoft Office, will save a temporary version of a file every few minutes when opening a file. If you have not saved the file and the program unexpectedly deadlocks or the computer is turned off, there will be a temporary file that was recently saved. Temporary files are always deleted automatically when the program is closed normally, but if the program quits unexpectedly, the temp files are not deleted.

Furthermore, when an application is quit, it may due to programming errors which cause temporary files to not be correctly disposed. However, some temp files are left behind even when a program is quit correctly. These files can take up your hard drive space without notice.

How to delete temporary files?

Temporary Internet Files can take up a lot of space on your hard drive. If you are trying to conserve hard drive space, you may want to clear the cache of files your Web browser has saved on your computer.

Now, you can delete Temporary Internet Files in Windows by using Registry Winner software (RegistryWinner.com).

It can search your hard disk for temporary files and remove the ones you don't need, saving hard disk space. It will automate the process for you.

Registry Winner (RegistryWinner.com) can help you to automatically and permanently delete temporary files and all traces of your privacy activity.