Whenever you install any software or driver or when you save temporary data on your desktop, the temp folders and files are created by default by the Windows 8. These Temp folders and files can be seen in TMP or TEMP in drive C. Once you finish your task, there is no use of these files and these are deleted later. It does not happen with every temp file and as a result it eats up a lot of space on the disk. Below is a simple and easy tutorial that can be followed to change the location of temp files to avoid low disk space.
A single hidden folder given below contains the Windows temp files.
The temp files for every user can be found on the location below in the hidden folder. Every user account will contain its separate Temp folder.
Here, you will know how the Windows 8 users can use Registry for changing the default location of the Temp folders. You need to create a backup first of all.
Steps to User Registry to Change the Location of Windows Temp Folder
- First, you need to generate a Temp folder in any other drive except of C drive.
- Now press Windows + R keys to open “Run” and here you need to insert “regedit” and press “Enter”.
- You will see a window appearing by UAC. Click on the option “Yes”.
- Now you need to change the location of the “User” Temp folder in the user account.
- You need to go to HKEY_CURRENT_USEREnvironment in the registry editor.
- You will see the option of “Environment”. In its right pane you will see the option “Temp” that needs to be double clicked.
- A new window will appear in front of you. You need to give the full path to the temp folder you have newly created. It should be written in the field of “Value data”.
- Or you should make sure that you are having Admin Privileges for following the steps to change the location of temp folder.
- In the Regedit, you should move to the following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlSession ManagerEnvironment.
- You will see the option “Temp” in the Environment’s right pane. You need to double click on it.
- A new window will appear in front of you where you have to give the complete path of the temp folder you had newly created and click the option “OK”.
Once you have finished the process, you should exit the Registry Editor and restart your PC to make the changes effective. On the restart, you will notice the Temp folder new location and now onwards the Windows 8 will use this location.