I wanted to mention, Tree's
original question was "How do you delete internet temp files that will NOT delete?". Usually if a file or folder will not delete, it is because the file or folder is "open" somewhere. Often, a simple solution is to run the computer in Safe Mode and then remove it.
Starting in Safe Mode: Restart the computer, and during the start up do one of the following:
After the Power On Self Test (P.O.S.T) beep repeatedly press the F8 key.
After seeing the first screen, press and hold the Ctrl key.
When you see the Windows Start Menu, use your arrow keys to scroll to the "Safe Mode" option. When Safe Mode is selected, press the Enter key.
You will see an advisory dialog box explaining what Safe Mode is. Click on the OK button to finish the Safe Mode boot-up. When you're running in Safe Mode, open Internet Explorer and then Tools/Internet Options and click the "Delete Files" button.
While in Safe Mode, you may wish to go ahead and run the Scan Disk and Disk Defragmenter utilities.
Start/Programs/Accessories/System Tools/Scan Disk
Start/Programs/Accessories/System Tools/Disk Defragmenter
To return to Normal Mode, just restart the computer.
Note: Internet Explorer 6 will automatically delete temporary files, but only if you tell it to:
Start the browser, select Tools / Internet Options.
Go to the Advanced tab.
Go to the Security area (near the bottom) and check the box to Empty Temporary Internet Files folder when the browser is closed. Murray S
I use a cable modem, so with the fast downloads, I don't really need to keep a large cache of Temporary Internet Files. I've set the *cache value to 3 MB. But when I was using a slower dial-up modem, I kept the cache quite large (300 MB) to prevent having to download so much when revisiting pages.
In either event, I found it time consuming to sort through the folders to determine what I wanted to keep and what I wanted to remove. That is what I've found I like about using the Fred Langa batch files. They remove only files that I know I want removed quickly and without any worries about not losing something I want to keep. If I do want to sort through the remaining items, there are fewer items to sift through.
This is what my Temporary Internet Files folder looks like now.
C:\WINDOWS\Temporary Internet Files
C:\WINDOWS\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5
C:\WINDOWS\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\0L2R09YF
C:\WINDOWS\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\4HOJQXEX
C:\WINDOWS\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\89ABCDEF
C:\WINDOWS\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\MFQPE16G
I'm using Internet Explorer 6.0, so I don't know why it still shows "IE5".
*Set cache value
Internet Explorer/Tools/Internet Options/General tab/Settings button
Drag the "Amount of disk space to use" slider bar to the value you wish to set. Then click "OK".
Note: You can also access this from the Control Panel.
I hope something in this will be helpful!