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Name: Cindy R.
Status: Other
Age: 40s
Location: N/A
Country: N/A
Date: June 2002


Question:
How do I delete my cache? How do I find it? I want to speed up my system.



Replies:
You need to be very careful about deleting "cache" files, "XXX.dll" files, "XXX.exe" files, registry files, and "cookies" from you system unless you are very sure exactly what the ramifications are. Doing so can bring your system to a grinding halt from which recovery is difficult. Use your "delete n-needed files" function on your computer to delete files, or contact your local computer expert. Often these files are so imbedded in the inner workings of your computer, once installed, that they are virtually impossible to delete without complete and detailed instructions about how to do so. Even the "Add/Delete" function often does not erase these files from programs once installed. In any case, be sure you have "backed everything up" and that your "recovery discs" are in good working order before undertaking this operation. Check out just how much disc space is at stake before making a decision whether the risk is worth the effort. Not an expert -- but have been burned.

Vince Calder


Cindy,

when you are referring to cache I am assuming that you mean the Internet explorer cache. To delete the cache or temporary files, open up Internet explorer select tools|Options|Delete Files, this will delete your Internet cache. If you are running Windows 95b or later, Windows 98 or Windows Me, there is a utility that will not only delete your temporary Internet files but your program temp files as well. This program is called Disk Clean up. If you periodically run this application in addition to disk defrag your system will run with less overhead and run more efficiently.

Hope this answers your question!

Thanks for using NEWTON.

Joe Noga


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