CCleaner Doesn't Clean Temp Folder?

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  1. Brandonn2010

    Brandonn2010 Registered Member

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    I noticed CCleaner doesn't empty the Temp folder. It clears temporary Internet files, but not files in the Temp folder. I've added an inclusion for Custom folders, but is there a reason it doesn't clear this folder? Should I not have it include the temp folder? Especially since malware and junk love to hide in there.
     
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    Possible reason

    Windows Temporary Files
     
  3. lucknh

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    Uncheck in settings - "Only delete files in Windows Temp folders older than 24 hours"
     
  4. berryracer

    berryracer Suspended Member

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    yup, that's the solution

    also, don't forget to add the following folder to your custom folders lists, it is the temp setup file for all the windows updates. obviously, after the updates have been installed, you don't need all those setup files it's just a waste of space

    C:\Windows\Software Distribution\Download

    Delete the folder and all its contents
     
  5. Brandonn2010

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    Oh so it does clean the temp folder, just not newer files. That's smart.
     
  6. ratchet

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    Windows must actually do a good job with those as I drilled down to that folder and there were three files that barely totaled 50kbs so I just left them alone.
     
  7. berryracer

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    that's strange man, Windows never touches or deletes those unneccessary temp files usually, I have always had to delete them manually until I added the folder to CCleaner and don't worry about it anymore
     
  8. DBone

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    Found this from Microsoft:

    The 'best practice' is to never touch the folder.
    There is NO reason, on a properly functioning system, why this folder should ever need to be touched.
    The %windir%\SoftwareDistribution\Download folder is automatically maintained by the WUAgent. On the off-chance that the Datastore and the Download folder get de-synchronized, it may be necessary one-time-only to delete any content in the Download folder that is over 10 days old.
    Any continued issues is evidence of a more serious client health issue.
    In addition, the Datastore contains all of the Windows Update History for the client system. Destroying the SoftwareDistribution folder, except when expressly warranted due to error conditions for which destruction of the SoftwareDistribution folder is the only solution, destroys the entire Windows Update History for that client system.
    It also results in longer detection times at the next detection, because the WUAgent has to re-cache however many thousands of available updates, as result of the destruction of the Datastore.
     
  9. The Red Moon

    The Red Moon Registered Member

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    If i remember correctly if that folder is deleted windows will issue those updates again..not 100% certain on this though.
     
  10. Noob

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    I always clean it manually after running CCleaner. :D
     
  11. berryracer

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    ive been cleaning since 5 years ever since the days of Vista and never EVER ran into any issues
     
  12. ams963

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    unchecking the 24 hours option worked for me. Cleaned whole.:D
     
  13. roger_m

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    No they're just backups in case an update gives you problems and you want to uninstall it.

    If you aren't having any problems with your installed Windows updates, it's safe to delete the backups, and free up some disk space.
     
  14. berryracer

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    perfectly correct sir

    I never had to uninstall a Windows update anyway in my life but that could be a 0.0.1% chance that you may want to. Usually it's the people who use Windows illegally who want to do that as the updates may have introduced something that will detect any illegal activations
     
  15. roger_m

    roger_m Registered Member

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    There are rare cases when Windows updates cause problems, and need to be uninstalled or a system restore done. But I believe that most of the problems people think are caused by Windows updates are caused by something else going wrong.
     
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