Excessive Number of TMP Folders on My C: Drive


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I have 3,239 folders with a TMP extension in my "...system32...local" folder. The folders are all dated 9/28/2020 and they are empty. If I try to delete them by dragging them to the trash can or try I run into problems. When I view my update history the earliest update listed was on 9/29/2020.

Are these TMP folder necessary and if not, how can I safely delete them?
 
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Tmp files that are not easily deleted are likely files that are in use, system files, or damaged files.

Leave them alone. If the files are empty, they aren't taking up much space on your hard disk. You can probably delete at least some of them if you work hard enough (e.g., trying to delete them right after booting up in Safe Mode), but you COULD waste a lot of time and, worse, cause a serious problem you are not experiencing now.

If your computer is working okay, and the files aren't causing you a problem, just leave them be.
 
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You should have some kind of software to run a disk cleanup. Just type "disk cleanup windows (insert version number)" on your browser and go to the Microsoft page that explains how to do it. Don't get suckered into paying for something. This is built into your operating system software. This should fix you right up and doesn't involve 3rd party software.
 
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I had a large number of TMP files on my computer taking up a huge amount of space. They kept being written. I tried deleting them, but finally went for a reinstall which is now much easier than it used to be as all files and programs are retained and just the Windows files/folders are replaced. Does not sound like your problem. I agree with the previousl responders.
 
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Run the built in "disk clean-up" It is in the Admin folder in the startup menu. When starting, click the option to clean system files as well. It will not remove any essential Temp folders but will empty most
 

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