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Hey guys,

I needed something to clean users profiles directories on the computers at my work which are running Windows XP and Windows 7, so I've written this little script below.

It removes :

- Users Windows temporary files

- Users WIndows temporary Internet Explorer files

- Users Firefox temporary Internet files

- Users Chrome temporary Internet files

of all users directories on a computer running Windows XP or Windows 7.

For removing maximum temporary files, it is better to create a brand new session just to run this tool on it, so windows won't lock temporary files on the sessions that need to be cleaned.

For compiling this script you need to put the file "RecFileListToArray.au3" into your AutoIT3 "Include" folder. You can download it here: RFLTA.zip. Original release by Melba23 thanks a lot to him for this!

Enjoy :)

#Edit 04-16-13: added v2 of the script which fixes an error that sometimes happend when trying to find users profile directory and optimize file deletion.

#Edit 04-17-13: added v2.1 that sucessfully delete hidden folders (parameter error in the function _Recfilelisttoarray, was set to 14 instead of 2, omitting hidden folders).

#Edit 04-21-13: added v2.2 which shows the current file beeing deleted.

clean windows profiles v2.2.au3

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  • 5 months later...
Thank you for sharing this useful script.
As my previous speaker will save a lot of time and work.

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Here is another way to look at it and a couple more areas to clean up. This only deletes the files and doesn't destroy the file tree (even though they will recreate).  Also shows how much it cleaned taking a FreeSpace before then after. Also how long it takes in seconds.  


You could still use the RFLTA to get a correct progress bar but it would increase the time it takes before it delete the files.

$Before = DriveSpaceFree(@HomeDrive)
$Timer = TimerInit()
FileSetAttrib(@WindowsDir & "\Temp\*", "-RASHOT", 1)
FileDelete(@WindowsDir & "\Temp\*")
FileSetAttrib(@AppDataCommonDir & "\Microsoft\Windows Defender\Scans\History\Results\Resource\*", "-RASHOT", 1)
FileDelete(@AppDataCommonDir & "\Microsoft\Windows Defender\Scans\History\Results\Resource\*")
FileSetAttrib(@UserProfileDir & "\Appdata\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\*", "-RASHOT", 1)
FileDelete(@UserProfileDir & "\Appdata\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\")
FileSetAttrib(@UserProfileDir & "\Appdata\Local\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\*\cache\*", "-RASHOT", 1)
FileDelete(@UserProfileDir & "\Appdata\Local\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\*\cache\*")
FileSetAttrib(@UserProfileDir & "\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\*", "-RASHOT", 1)
FileDelete(@UserProfileDir & "\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\*")
FileSetAttrib(@UserProfileDir & "\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cache\*", "-RASHOT", 1)
FileDelete(@UserProfileDir & "\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cache\*")
FileSetAttrib(@UserProfileDir & "\Cookies\*", "-RASHOT", 1)
FileDelete(@UserProfileDir & "\Cookies\*")
FileSetAttrib(@UserProfileDir & "\Local Settings\History\*", "-RASHOT", 1)
FileDelete(@UserProfileDir & "\Local Settings\History\*")
FileSetAttrib(@UserProfileDir & "\Appdata\Local\Microsoft\Windows\History\*", "-RASHOT", 1)
FileDelete(@UserProfileDir & "\Appdata\Local\Microsoft\Windows\History\*")
FileSetAttrib(@UserProfileDir & "\Appdata\index.dat", "-RASHOT")
FileDelete(@UserProfileDir & "\Appdata\index.dat")
FileSetAttrib(@UserProfileDir & "\AppData\Local\Temp\*", "-RASHOT", 1)
FileDelete(@UserProfileDir & "\AppData\Local\Temp\*")
FileSetAttrib(@UserProfileDir & "\Appdata\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer\*", "-RASHOT", 1)
FileDelete(@UserProfileDir & "\Appdata\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer\*")
FileSetAttrib(@UserProfileDir & "\Appdata\Local\Microsoft\Windows\WER\ReportArchive\*", "-RASHOT", 1)
FileDelete(@UserProfileDir & "\Appdata\Local\Microsoft\Windows\WER\ReportArchive\*")
FileSetAttrib(@UserProfileDir & "\Appdata\Local\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client\Cache\*", "-RASHOT", 1)
FileDelete(@UserProfileDir & "\Appdata\Local\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client\Cache\*")
FileSetAttrib(@AppDataCommonDir & "\Microsoft\Windows\WER\ReportArchive\*", "-RASHOT", 1)
FileDelete(@AppDataCommonDir & "\Microsoft\Windows\WER\ReportArchive\*")
FileSetAttrib(@AppDataDir & "\Microsoft\Office\Recent\*", "-RASHOT", 1)
FileDelete(@AppDataDir & "\Microsoft\Office\Recent\*")
FileSetAttrib(@AppDataDir & "\Sun\Java\Deployment\Cache\*", "-RASHOT", 1)
FileDelete(@AppDataDir & "\Sun\Java\Deployment\Cache\*")
FileSetAttrib(@AppDataDir & "\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\downloads.sqlite", "-RASHOT")
FileDelete(@AppDataDir & "\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\downloads.sqlite")
FileSetAttrib(@AppDataDir & "\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\*", "-RASHOT", 1)
FileDelete(@AppDataDir & "\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\*")
FileSetAttrib(@AppDataDir & "\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\*", "-RASHOT", 1)
FileDelete(@AppDataDir & "\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\*")
$After = DriveSpaceFree(@HomeDrive)
$FinishTimer = TimerDiff($Timer)
MsgBox(64, "Finished", Round($After - $Before, 1) & "MB has been removed" & @CRLF & "in " & Round(($FinishTimer/1000), 3) & " seconds!")
Edited by Rogue5099
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