How to Find Temp Files on Microsoft XP

By Kefa Olang

Temporary files are files that applications create on your computer mainly for backup purposes. If you forget to save a file, and your computer crashes, you can retrieve the backup from the temporary files list. Cookies are temporary text files that websites download to your computer to alert the website administrator who the user is. Temp files are not necessary for your applications to run, and in many cases slow down computer performance if they have not been cleaned for a long time.You can locate and delete them easily without damaging your programs.

Step 1

Click the Windows "Start" menu on the desktop and click "Run" to launch the command box.

Step 2

Type "%Temp%" (without quotes) and press "Enter" to open the Temporary Files folder. This folder contains files that are safe to delete from your computer.

Step 3

Click the "Tools" menu and click "Folder Options." Click the "View" tab and click the "Show hidden files and folders" radio button. Click "OK" to save the changes. This enables you to view all the temporary files.

Step 4

Click the Windows "Start" menu and click "My Computer" to launch Windows Explorer. Double-click the "C:" drive and double-click the "Documents and Settings" folder. Double-click your user name folder, and double-click the "Application Data" folder. Double-click the "Cookies" folder. You should see a list of the cookie files, downloaded to your computer.

Tips & Warnings

  • Delete cookies and temporary files from their folders if you want to get rid of them.