Manually cleaning out the Temp folder in Windows usually takes less than a minute but it could take longer depending on how large the collection of temporary files is.
- Windows 10: Click or tap in the Cortana search box just to the right of the Start button on the taskbar
- Windows 8.1: Right-click or tap-and-hold on the Start button and then choose Run.
- Windows 8.0: The easiest way to access Run is from the Apps screen. In earlier versions of Windows, click on Start to bring up the search box or find Run.
- Another way to open the Run dialog box is to enter the Windows Key + Rkeyboard shortcut.
- In the Run window or search box, type the following command exactly:
- This command, which is technically one of many environment variables in Windows, will open the folder that Windows has designated as your Tempfolder, probably C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Local\Temp.
- Select all of the files and folders within the Temp folder that you want to delete. Unless you have a reason to otherwise, select them all.
- Delete all the temporary files and folders you have selected, either using the Delete key on your keyboard or the Delete button from the Home menu.