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Q: Deleting temp files ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   4 Comments )
Subject: Deleting temp files
Category: Computers > Software
Asked by: jimmyjazzer-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 25 Apr 2004 13:09 PDT
Expires: 25 May 2004 13:09 PDT
Question ID: 336001
I want to delete old .tmp files on my computer but they are all locked. 
How can I delete them or unlock them please ?
Thank you 


Clarification of Question by jimmyjazzer-ga on 25 Apr 2004 13:19 PDT
I have Win XP home and am using MS Office 2002
The Temp files are up to 3 months old
The only background programme I am running is McAfee Virus checker

Clarification of Question by jimmyjazzer-ga on 27 Apr 2004 10:09 PDT
Thanks very much for the suggested solutions. 

I have since tried starting the computer in Safe mode but
unfortunately the result is still the same - even in Safe mode most of
the.tmp files are still locked.

I'd very much appreciate any other suggestions.

Clarification of Question by jimmyjazzer-ga on 28 Apr 2004 12:00 PDT
Thanks very much for the latest suggestions. 
I would like to change the ?File access permission.? to full control
so that I can unlock the Temp files.

However, I don?t know how to do that. I?ve looked into Control Panel
and Tools etc but cant find the ?File access permission.?  Can anybody
offer any help ?
Thank you.
Subject: Re: Deleting temp files
Answered By: nenna-ga on 29 Apr 2004 14:06 PDT
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Now that we seem to have it narrowed down to what you need to do, you
can change the file access permissions like this.
Permissions for Files and Folders
Permissions for files and folders include Full Control, Modify, Read &
Execute, List Folder Contents, Read, and Write.

Note This article assumes that you are using Windows XP on a domain.
By default, simplified sharing is enabled in Windows XP if you are not
connected to a domain. Therefore, the Security tab and the advanced
options for permissions are not available.

If you are not joined to a domain or are running Windows XP Home
Edition and want to view the Security tab, see the "Set, View, Change,
or Remove File and Folder Permissions" section.

Set, View, Change, or Remove File and Folder Permissions
To set, view, change, or remove file and folder permissions, follow these steps:

   1. Click Start, click My Computer, and then locate the file or
folder where you want to set permissions.
   2. Right-click the file or folder, click Properties, and then click
the Security tab.

      Note If the Security tab is not available, see the "Troubleshooting" section.
   3. Use one of the following methods:
          * To set permissions for a group or a user that does not
appear in the Group or user names box, click Add, type the name of the
group or the user for whom you want to set permissions, and then click
          * To change or remove permissions from an existing group or
user, click the name of the group or user.
   4. Use one of the following methods:
          * To allow or to deny a permission, select the Allow or the
Deny check box in the Permissions for User or Group box, where User or
Group is the name of the user or group.
          * To remove the group or user from the Group or user names
box, click Remove.
   5. Click OK.

Important If you are not joined to a domain or are running Windows XP
Home Edition and want to view the Security tab, follow the steps for
your operating system.

Windows XP Professional

   1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
   2. Click Appearance and Themes, and then click Folder Options.
   3. Click the View tab, and then clear the Use simple file sharing
[Recommended] check box in the Advanced settings box.
   4. Click OK.

Windows XP Home Edition

Boot into safe mode, and then log in as Administrator or as an
Administrative User. The Security tab is available for files or
folders on NTFS file system volumes.


    * The Everyone group does not include the Anonymous Logon permission.
    * You can set permissions only on drives that are formatted to use
the NTFS file system.
    * To change permissions, you must be the owner or have permissions
to change permissions by the owner.
    * Groups or users that are granted Full Control permissions for a
folder can delete files and subfolders in that folder, regardless of
the permissions that protect the files and subfolders.
    * If the check boxes in the Permissions for user or group box or
the Remove button are unavailable, the file or folder has inherited
permissions from the parent folder. For more information about how
inheritance affects files and folders, see Windows Help.
    * By default, when you add a new user or group, the user or group
has Read & Execute, List Folder Contents, and Read permissions.

I got this information from a tutorial. A lot of times you can search
for what your computer needs, and find someone with the same problem
you have online and find out how they fixed it. It's a great circle.
You use your computer, to get on the internet, to fix your computer,
so you can be on the internet :);EN-US;Q308418&ID=KB;EN-US;Q308418&FR=1&PA=1#2

Which I found with a goofle search for : file access permissions windows xp home

There you go. Good luck on getting those file permissions changed and
have a good day.  If this answer requires further explanation, please
request clarification before rating it, and I'll be happy to look into
this further

Google Answers Researcher

Request for Answer Clarification by jimmyjazzer-ga on 04 May 2004 04:14 PDT
Dear Nenna

Thanks for the advice.

Unfortunately, it didn?t work.

I am running Windows XP Home edition.

I used the Help + support menu to find instructions on how to set
folder permissions via the security options. Unfortunately, nowhere
does it tell you how or where to find the security tab.

So, I did as suggested I re-set all the permissions in Safe Mode.
I ensured that all the individual permissions boxes are ticked, not
just for the Administrator but also for The Owner AND for Lap Top user
and other Users.

I did the above but still it didn?t work to help get rid of all Temps. 
The temps still show up as locked. 

My Win Tools Disc Clean-up simply freezes when asked to delete old
Temps. Other Software such as McAfee Lite or Fix-It or Boost XP ( all
of which otherwise work ) have been great at deleting Temps in the
past but now just crash or freeze when asked to wipe .tmps.

I wonder if there is any answer for it ?

Once again thanks for the help. 


Clarification of Answer by nenna-ga on 04 May 2004 07:07 PDT

The only other option I can think of is that you may have a virus
which is somehow preventing you from deleting your .tmp files. I can
reccomend getting a virus scan program and trying that, but, if none
of these solutions have worked, and you have no viruses....There
aren't really anymore steps to take, you may just have to re-format
and start over.


There is a Google search for anti virus software, I personally use
McAfee. i wish you the best of luck.

Also, before we go any further, I want to let you know if you do have
to install AV software or re-format your OS, you may want to post
another question. Please review this if you would like

jimmyjazzer-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars
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Subject: Re: Deleting temp files
From: ramazas-ga on 25 Apr 2004 16:41 PDT
1. Press "START" button.
2. At the command run "cmd"
3. In the black box enter:
   cd diretory_contaninf_temp files
   for example:
   cd c:\temp
4. Enter command "del *.tmp"
Subject: Re: Deleting temp files
From: wildorchid-ga on 26 Apr 2004 22:49 PDT
Try starting the computer in Safe mode and delete the files. 
In safe mode only minimal drivers and programs will be loaded.
Subject: Re: Deleting temp files
From: shanmu43-ga on 28 Apr 2004 00:36 PDT all the .temp files that are locked.
2.change the file access permission to full control.
3.Then delete the files.
Subject: Re: Deleting temp files
From: nenna-ga on 05 May 2004 14:51 PDT
Thank you for your compliments. I'm glad I could be of help.


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