What are these tmp directories for? And IF can they be eliminated, HOW?

datatoo asked:

I should have included the fact that none of these files are visible from Windows Explorer, and only show when looking for *.tmp at the command line.
AND they don’t seem to be possible to delete.

I thought perhaps someone has encountered this particular issue.

Looking for tmp files and trying to cleanup.
Windows 2003 server critically low on the C partition shows these.

I have seen nothing regarding what they might be, or do.
Can they be eliminated? Or reduce the space they consume?

Directory of C:WINDOWSassemblyNativeImages_v2.0.50727_32Temp

06/15/2012  10:34 AM    <DIR>          .
06/15/2012  10:34 AM    <DIR>          ..
04/18/2011  10:17 PM    <DIR>          ZAP1.tmp
04/18/2011  09:41 PM    <DIR>          ZAP11.tmp
04/19/2011  03:10 AM    <DIR>          ZAP121.tmp
04/18/2011  11:37 PM    <DIR>          ZAP12F.tmp
04/19/2011  12:27 AM    <DIR>          ZAP14F.tmp
06/10/2010  08:50 AM    <DIR>          ZAP1561.tmp
06/10/2010  08:50 AM    <DIR>          ZAP1567.tmp
01/11/2012  10:27 PM    <DIR>          ZAP182.tmp
05/10/2012  02:06 PM    <DIR>          ZAP193D.tmp
05/10/2012  02:24 PM    <DIR>          ZAP1A8F.tmp
04/18/2011  09:31 PM    <DIR>          ZAP1D4.tmp
04/18/2011  09:31 PM    <DIR>          ZAP1FD.tmp
04/18/2011  11:41 PM    <DIR>          ZAP20A.tmp
08/26/2009  11:24 AM    <DIR>          ZAP2225.tmp
04/19/2011  03:19 AM    <DIR>          ZAP230.tmp
08/26/2009  11:29 AM    <DIR>          ZAP2301.tmp
08/26/2009  11:30 AM    <DIR>          ZAP231E.tmp
04/18/2011  11:42 PM    <DIR>          ZAP236.tmp
04/19/2011  12:32 AM    <DIR>          ZAP23A.tmp
04/18/2011  10:01 PM    <DIR>          ZAP2CB.tmp
04/18/2011  10:03 PM    <DIR>          ZAP2EF.tmp
11/03/2006  10:57 PM    <DIR>          ZAP3.tmp
04/19/2011  12:36 AM    <DIR>          ZAP30A.tmp
04/19/2011  12:38 AM    <DIR>          ZAP32F.tmp
08/09/2008  12:43 AM    <DIR>          ZAP37D.tmp
04/19/2011  03:45 PM    <DIR>          ZAP399.tmp
04/18/2011  10:08 PM    <DIR>          ZAP3CF.tmp
04/19/2011  12:42 AM    <DIR>          ZAP412.tmp
04/19/2011  12:43 AM    <DIR>          ZAP42E.tmp
04/19/2011  03:49 PM    <DIR>          ZAP46C.tmp
04/19/2011  03:52 PM    <DIR>          ZAP497.tmp
04/19/2011  03:56 PM    <DIR>          ZAP574.tmp
08/09/2008  01:26 AM    <DIR>          ZAP579.tmp
04/19/2011  03:56 PM    <DIR>          ZAP587.tmp
04/19/2011  03:59 PM    <DIR>          ZAP5AE.tmp
04/19/2011  04:03 PM    <DIR>          ZAP68D.tmp
04/19/2011  04:04 PM    <DIR>          ZAP6A8.tmp
04/19/2011  03:02 AM    <DIR>          ZAP8D.tmp
04/18/2011  09:05 PM    <DIR>          ZAP97.tmp
04/18/2011  11:32 PM    <DIR>          ZAPA1.tmp
04/18/2011  09:22 PM    <DIR>          ZAPA5.tmp
08/08/2008  05:28 PM    <DIR>          ZAPA9.tmp
06/21/2011  06:42 PM    <DIR>          ZAPAA31.tmp
06/21/2011  07:34 PM    <DIR>          ZAPAB53.tmp
10/06/2010  04:55 PM    <DIR>          ZAPBF01.tmp
04/24/2008  03:46 AM    <DIR>          ZAPD4B7.tmp
07/21/2012  01:50 PM    <DIR>          ZAPF4.tmp
               0 File(s)              0 bytes
              49 Dir(s)   2,042,834,944 bytes free

My answer:


All but one of them are not even from this year. I would consider them safe to delete, except possibly for the last one which has today’s date.


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