Temp files are created by computers for many uses but generally they are needed when memory is not enough and cannot be allocated for a program’s tasks. In the Windows Vista Operating System, the main location where temp files are situated is in the C:\windows\temp folder. This location can act as virtual memory for large sums of data in an operating system. Many operating systems have shared memory which is utilized for passing data through programs.

However, the easiest way of doing this is for data to be written into temp files. When this is done, the program receiving data should be informed of the temp file location. There are times when some programs leave behind temp files either as a mistake from the developer or as a result of a program crashing. As a result of this, the location of the temp files in the Windows Vista operating system becomes clogged over time. This causes a lot of disk space to be occupied unnecessarily. Computer experts have noted that windows Vista has a profound tendency of accumulating temp files.

The easiest way of seeing what is contained in the temp folder is to use the in-built system variable which is %temp% and can be typed within the search box. It is also possible to go into the system folder which has application data using the %localAppData% path. Distinguishing the location of temp files is vital when there are hitches with the installation process as it has files unpacked and thereafter an automatic setup program run.

During browsing of the internet, there is a possibility of temp files accumulating on a computer. Aside from taking up a lot of space in the C:\windows\temp folder, it causes browsing problems. They could be removed by manually cleaning up the disc or with the use of a computer utility tool known as disk clean up. This is a computer application that removes temp files acquired from the web and empties them to the recycle bin. This removes clutter in C:\windows\temp. In extreme cases, the accumulation of temp files could lead to a crash of the internet explorer. To know that a file is specifically a temp file, it will be a file extension TMP and within a designated temporary directory. When acquiring a disk cleanup utility, make sure that it is compatible with windows vista. Temp files are only necessary when they have a particular function otherwise they just take up disk space.

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