Quick trick on How To Remove ALL Windows Temp Files


Windows has temp files stashed in a wide variety of places, including hidden directories that most people will never find.  These hidden temp file locations are some of the favorite hiding places for viruses and malware.  In some cases, they can slow down a computer that is running low on disk space.

The best application that I have found to accomplish this is TFC.EXE by Old Timer.

I clear all temp files
1. before running virus/malware scans
2. and on computers that are running slow.

Here is how I use TFC.exe to remove all these hidden temp files.

TFC (Temp File Cleaner) will clear out all temp folders for all user accounts (temp, IE temp, java, FF, Opera, Chrome, Safari), including Administrator, All Users, LocalService, NetworkService, and any other accounts in the user folder. It also cleans out the %systemroot%\temp folder and checks for .tmp files in the %systemdrive% root folder, %systemroot%, and the system32 folder (both 32bit and 64bit on 64bit OSs). It shows the amount removed for each location found (in bytes) and the total removed (in MB). Before running it will stop Explorer and all other running apps. When finished, if a reboot is required the user must reboot to finish clearing any in-use temp files.

TFC only cleans temp folders. TFC will not clean URL history, prefetch, or cookies. Depending on how often someone cleans their temp folders, their system hardware, and how many accounts are present, it can take anywhere from a few seconds to a minute or more. TFC will completely clear all temp files where other temp file cleaners may fail. TFC requires a reboot immediately after running. Be sure to save any unsaved work before running TFC.

Here is how to use TFC to remove all your hidden temp files.


Download your copy of TFC.exe

You can do a search for TFC.exe and Old Timer to find a current location that offers the file.

One such location is:



Close all open applications

Save your work and close all applications.


Run TFC.exe

All applications will be stopped and you maybe forced to reboot after the scan and removal process is completed.


TFC needs no installation and can be run directly.by clicking on the TFX.EXE file.

Quick easy way to make Windows shut-down faster


Get tired of seeing messages saying something like “Closing Network Connections” or “Saving your Settings”?  Well here is a way to potentially speed this process up, this has worked for me and many people I have had try.



Go to the Sounds & Audio Devices Control Panel

Open your control panel and select the Sounds & Audio Devices application. In there, navigate to the Sounds tab.


Exit Windows sound

Find the item that says Exit Windows. If you set the sound here to play nothing (<none>), your system will shut down significantly faster.

ARGH Java update pop up go away!


The problem when you go to the control panel and disable Java updates when you close the window if you go back it is re-enabled, not sure why they would even have that if it doesn’t work.
I manage a lot of computers that reset themselves when the user logs of or the computer is rebooted, the java update popup is just an annoying waste of time for those users. For these I need to update when I say.
Also some of my equipment that I manage works best with old java and browser, I know there are work rounds but I have my own, I have a virtual desktop that I run what I need and it is okay since I only use it for certain task. Otherwise you should probably keep things up to date.


Using Explorer locate the java control panel (javacpl.exe)

The javacpl.exe file for 32-bit Windows Vista and higher is located at.

C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\javacpl.exe, or
C:\Program Files\Java\jre7\bin\javacpl.exe, depending on the Java release   you’re using.

For Windows Vista x64, Windows 7 x64 or Windows 8 x64 you should instead   look for:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jre6\bin\javacpl.exe, or
C:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jre7\bin\javacpl.exe
Right click the javacpl.exe and run with admin privileges.
Uncheck java update, save and then reopen it to check that the setting is   sticking.


iPhone LED Flash alerts for an On-call phone


If you have an important iPhone that requires constant attention, then this feature is for you! You can now enable LED Flash Alerts to bring in 3 senses into notifications. You can now hear, feel, and see all notifications for calls, texts, and alarms. I am posting this information because a friend showed me and I didn’t know about it….and I know everything.

Turn your digital memories into a DVD


Windows 7 by default comes with a DVD Maker software.  Home users will particularly like this tool since it lets them burn DVD movies using their own media like home made videos and digital photos.

The quickest way to make a DVD is to add pictures and videos in Windows DVD Maker, and then burn to a blank DVD. If you want to get creative, you can customize the DVD menu style and text before you burn the DVD.

To open DVD Maker, click the Start button and choose Windows DVD Maker:

The interface is Wizard-based and targets novice home users.  Advanced users might prefer a more complete software like Nero, but for simple DVD making needs, this one will do just fine.

You can add WMV movies to it (no support for AVI or MP4 which can be a downer!) and also pictures.  If you add a bunch of pictures they will appear as a slideshow folder.

You can see the amount of time remaining on your DVD project so you know how much space is still left.  You can also enter your own DVD title which by default contains the date when you open the program.

You can change the order of the media files that you enter using the up and down arrows.

You can also change the drive where you have a DVD burner.  It automatically detects the right drive even if you have more than one DVD drive.

The next window will let you preview your work before burning it.  You can change the menu styles and menu text.

After finalizing the menu text and previewing the DVD movie, click the Burn button to start burning the disc.

The software only provides basic DVD making capabilities.  If you want to do more advanced tasks like cropping or color correction, you may want to look for more higher end tools.