I will have to look in for .tmps now
Looking about for an answer to your protected ones
The only thing I have found to date that temp. files can hold your 'undo' data therefore they may be still in use by some application & it is only after re-boot that the app. will no longer need them ?????????
Word can create a LOT of temp files - especially if not closed down properly. PSP creates lots too. In theory these should be deleted on exit BUT then is there logic with XP ??
Not all temps. are safe to delete until you know for sure they are no longer needed. Installing things creates a temp. folder which is needed until the re-boot - unfortunatley not all programs clean up afterwards !
Read this - SAFE to delete : *.log *.old *.bak & *.000 *001 *002 etc
*.bmp *.wav * *.avi - take up too much space ( normally superfluous )
Windows folder ( tonnnes of *.txt ( read me & log files ) safe to delete BUT double click to view contents first.
The files in \Windows\Temp folder - you will NOT be able to delete some files because they are in use by open applications. Apps. in a previous Windows session may not have been deleted
( multiply ! ) check the date & if they are from an old session then safe to delete.
Questionable files :
Double click - if you see 'open with ' then not registered to a file name - drop it into Notepad to read.
Check properties then Version to see if DLL + the program it may apply to.
Is there no software to do this for us ???????????
The more I read about & I almost afraid to boot the PC