What Can You Safely Delete?

You can safely delete these files: (BTW: * means anything)

Deletable File Extension
Location
Comments
*.*
C:\Windows\temp You can remove any file in this folder that is more than one day old.
*.---
C:\ Backup Files Created By Windows
*.1st
C:\ Delete these files only if you have backed up your registry
~$*.doc
Throughout your drive Temporary Word files created whenever a document is open. Safe to delete only if the original document is closed (these 'orphans' are often left behind during a crash)
*.bak
Throughout your drive Backup files from various applications
*.cab
Throughout your drive Installation Files
*.chk
C:\ Files created by Scandisk and its ancestor, ChkDsk
*.dos
C:\ Safe to delete only if you don't dual-boot to DOS.
*.fts
Throughout your drive Windows will recreate these files as needed
*.gid
Throughout your drive Windows will recreate these files as needed
*.log
C:\ or C:\Windows Log files created by certain programs tracking certain jobs; if they're more than a few days old, they're not being used anymore.
*.old
C:\ Old versions of files that have been replaced by newer versions
*.prv
C:\ Log files created by past Windows boots
*.shs
Desktop or Throughout your drive Scrap objects; temporary files created in OLE-supporting applications.
*.tmp
Throughout your drive Temporary Files from various applications.
*.wbk
C:\My Documents and its subfolders Word Backup Files
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