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    Not clearing temp internet files (5.5 SR2)

    Strange behaviour in temporary internet file land.

    I was trying to clean up some space on my HD to allow me to do a defrag, and I used a handy little program called DiskState to spot the major folders. Suprisingly, I found I had 34Mb in Temp Internet Files. I say surprisingly, because I had only just cleared it out using IE's Tools | Internet Options | Delete Files button. <img src=/S/bummer.gif border=0 alt=bummer width=15 height=15>

    So I had a look. Well, in place of the usual five or six oddly-named subdirectories under Content.IE5, I now have 20. And sure enough, some of them are full of stuff. Roughly 34Mb of it, I'd say.

    I cleared out the internet files again. No joy. I cleared them out using AdSubtract (an excellent cookie & ad manager which sits as a proxy server on my system). Still no joy. (There isn't a smilie for "double bummer")

    Anyway, to cut to the chase, why are they there, why won't they delete, and can I just delete the folders manually?

    Help, please. Please help. HELP!

    Stuart

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    Re: Not clearing temp internet files (5.5 SR2)

    After reading your two posts, have you ever gone into Tools-Internet options-Advanced tab, under the Security heading:

    "Empty temporary internet files when browser is closed"

    ?

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    Re: Not clearing temp internet files (5.5 SR2)

    Hi
    They won't Delete because they're not files. They're metafiles.
    I think you have to do it as previous poster suggests.

    Rgds

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    Re: Not clearing temp internet files (5.5 SR2)

    Amazing what jolly things Microsoft buries in the depths of the settings. No, I didn't know about it. Rest assured that it's well and truly selected now! Thanks.

    Still doesn't clear out all of the files, though!

    Stuart

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    Re: Not clearing temp internet files (5.5 SR2)

    I don't know what OS you are running, but in Windows 2000:

    Start | Programs | Accessories | System Tools | Disc Cleanup

    though personally I haven't found it any more efficient that the manual steps you appear to have taken.

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    Re: Not clearing temp internet files (5.5 SR2)

    I checked my content.ie5 folder and found lots of http and gif documents and some cookies.
    Anyway, I went to edit:select all:right clicked the selected area and clicked delete and they all disappeared.
    By the way I use Adsubtract and the only cookies there were ones I chose to keep.
    I'm using Win 98 .
    Jack

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    Re: Not clearing temp internet files (5.5 SR2)

    When you hit the Delete Files button and the dialogue box comes up make sure that you check the box next to "Delete All Offline Content" - I've found that that clears up quite a lot of disk space.

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    Re: Not clearing temp internet files (5.5 SR2)

    I would suggest clearing the TIF from a DOS session, (not a DOS window, but shut down Windows to DOS). One can use a great utility from <A target="_blank" HREF=http://langa.com/cleanup_bat.htm>http://langa.com/cleanup_bat.htm</A>
    Just select the one appropriate to your system.

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