You never have enough space on your hard drive. It is therefore always necessary to find out which files are to be deleted. First, temporary files are those that can be deleted. These files are created only when the Windows operating system encounters problems and occasionally terminates. They are therefore not useful when your computer is operating normally. There is also another type of "prefetch" files which are only used for the first time an application is opened on the computer. Generally, we try to delete them when the computer is infected with a virus or the like. To do only when you know what you are doing.
Part 1 of 2: delete temporary files
Step 1. Clean the disc
To delete the temporary and prefetch files that are on your computer, you can use Disc cleaning under Windows. It is available for Windows Vista and higher versions.
- Access the software Disc cleaning following two different paths.
- Go to the menu To start up, then on Programs, in the list of programs select Administration tools and finally, press Disc cleaning.
- Use the keyboard shortcut CTRL + R to open the window Execute. Then register % windir% \ system32 \ cleanmgr.exe to open Disc cleaning.
- Choose the hard drive. To delete temporary files, you need to select the hard drive where your Windows operating system is located. It is usually named C, unless you have intentionally changed it manually. The software will check the hard drive you have selected, then it will give you a list of different types of temporary files.
- If you want to go further, click on Clean up system files. To use this function, you must have administrator rights. Choose the hard drive, then the software scans the hard drive to give you a list of files that can be deleted.
- Select temporary internet files and temporary files, then click OK.
Step 2. Find.temp files
Note that temporary files usually have an extension which is.temp. So, go to the menu To start up, then click This PC Where My computer depending on the version of Windows, then in Search in:
register *.temp. do not forget * because it means looking to find all files that end in .temp.
Step 3. Free up disk space
Go to the control panel, then press Free up disk space, choose the drive and finally, select Temporary files and click on OK.
Part 2 of 2: delete prefetch files
Step 1. Go to File Explorer
Done Win + E to open the File Explorer, then click Display, then on Options. A pop-up window will open, click on the tab Display, then in the list presented, check Show hidden files, folders and drives. Finally, press To apply and then on OK.
Step 2. Go to your hard drive C:. Normally your operating system is located on the C: drive, open it. Click on the folder Windows, then double click on the folder Prefetch. Finally, delete any files with a.pf extension that you want.
Step 3. Access File Explorer again
Open the File Explorer, then go to Display and click on Options. In the window that opens, select the tab Display.
Step 4. Uncheck the box
Deactivate Show hidden files, folders and drives then press To apply and finally on OK.
- Remember to delete all the elements that are in the Basket, once you have done all the operations.
- Note that deleting the prefetch files from your computer may cause your computer to run slower. Unless you know what you're doing, don't delete them.