Clearing out the Windows Temp folder

Jul 12, 2008
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Las Vegas, NV
If I want to delete everything in the C:\WINDOWS\TEMP folder (but NOT the folder itself in windows 10, can I use

del /s /x /y /z c:\windows\temp\

?

Is that the "best" way to do it?

Regards,
Chuck Billow
 
Nov 13, 2008
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www.thedave.me
It would probably work. I'd recommend not deleting files that were modified within in the last 24 hours though as some applications write files and expect them to be there a few minutes later. Installers, in particular, get cranky when you delete their temporary files before they're done.

I do something a bit different:

Code:
cdd c:\windows\temp
set maxage=2
del /[d-%@eval[6000+%[maxage]],+6000] /x /y /z .

do olddir IN /[d-%@eval[6000+%[maxage]],+6000] /a:d *
   del /X /Y /Z /S %@requote[%@full[%@requote[%[olddir]]]]
enddo

I hacked this up from some BTMs that do far more complex cleanups across multiple directories and for different purposes -- When I receive files from a customer, I need to retain them for no more than "x" days (depending on the type of file), but I often get RAR/ZIP files with older files contained within. The intention is to only hit files or directories older than 2 days, but not files in subdirectories which happen to be older. This happens with installers, they'll often create a temporary directory while they're running but the files within will have older dates.

Test carefully, there is no guarantee that I didn't screw up copy/pasting the syntax. I don't remember why I did the date math quite like that, but I think it solved some other case where I use %[maxage] elsewhere and just re-used it? Either way, it seems to work.
 
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