How to Remove Caches and Temporary Files in Windows

Motivation:

You may want to remove caches to update an application status or fix some issues.
You may need to remove temporary files to get some more free disk space.

Solution:

Try clearing files and folders in the directories below.

  • %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Temp
  • C:\Windows\Temp
  • C:\Users\All Users\Package Cache
  • C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download
  • C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v4.0.30319\Temporary ASP.NET Files

Sometimes you may get permission error when deleting files or folders. If this is true then try the following command before deleting these files and folders.

takeown /f C:\Users\All Users\Package Cache /r /d y
icacls C:\Users\All Users\Package Cache /grant administrators:F /t
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