Temporary files are stored on the hard drive of your computer, and they can easily be found with the help of .TMP extension. Windows create these temporary files when a Windows Session is dismissed in an irregular way.
Another reason these temporary file are created is when you shut-down your computer without properly closing the running applications. Temporary files play a big role in the performance of your operating system, larger the size of the temporary files lesser the performance of your system, and vice versa.
By deleting the unnecessary temporary files, you can increase disk space of your system, which would result faster performance.
In Windows 8/8.1 these temporary files can easily be deleted with Disk Cleanup utility.
While in Windows 7/Vista, they can be removed with the help of single command in the Run dialog.
Method 1: Removing Temporary files in Windows 8/8.1/10
Move the mouse pointer to the right corner of the screen, and click on ‘Search’ box.
Type Dislike Cleanup in the search box, and select the Free up disk space by deleting unnecessary files
Disk Cleanup pop-up will prompt, select the Drive which you want to use the Disk Cleanup utility.
In the next step, scanning will take place; calculating the free space on the drive.
Now, select the files you want to delete from the screen.
Upon selecting temporary files, click OK.
In the next screen, click on Delete files in order to permanently delete the files from the operating system.
Now, Disk Cleanup utility will start removing unwanted temporary files. It will take few minutes depending on the size of the files.
Method 2: Remove temporary files in Windows 7 and Vista
Hold the Windows key and Press R to open Run Dialog.
In the Run Dialog type %temp% and Click OK.
This should open the folder containing all your temporary internet files.
Click on one of the file.
Select all, or simply hold the Ctrl key and Press A to select all files.
Click on Ok, when the pop-up prompts.
You have now cleared all your temporary internet files in Windows 7 and Vista.