How to Restore Temp Files

By Dave Wilson

A computer system stores temporary, or temp, files for various applications such as software installations, temporary Internet cache and software update installations. Deleting temp files usually constitutes a safe operation; however, you may encounter times when applications are still using the temp files and will not function without them. If you have deleted temp files, you can usually recover them by following a simple procedure.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Windows 7

Step 1

Click the "Start" button, then click "Computer." Double-click the drive that previously housed the temp files, then navigate to the folder that contained the temp files.

Step 2

Right-click the folder that previously contained the temp file. Click "Restore previous versions" in the drop-down menu that appears.

Step 3

Click a version of the folder that displays a time and date prior to the deletion of the temp files. Click the "Open" button, and confirm that the folder contains a previous version of the deleted temp files.

Step 4

Click the "Restore" button to restore the temp files.

Tips & Warnings

  • This process will vary slightly in other Windows operating systems.