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    IE5 - temporary files

    Can I safely delete all the files in the directory c:WindowsTemporary Internet Files ?
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    Re: IE5 - temporary files

    Yes, except... if you use Windows Explorer to delete the cookies in there, you will loose all the cookies you might want to save.

    However, if you delete the files using Tools | Internet Options | Delete Files... the cookies will stay intact.

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    Re: IE5 - temporary files

    Thanks for your quick response!!
    Can I do this while I'm on the Internet?
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    Re: IE5 - temporary files

    Yes. You can also go under Tools | Internet Options... | Advanced tab and check "Empty TIF when browser is closed" and this will keep your TIF nice and small.

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    Re: IE5 - temporary files

    Thanks R2, that will save a bit of room on my c: drive.
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    Re: IE5 - temporary files under W2K

    Are these the files that are folders with what seems like randomly assigned names. I have a similar question under W2K. In the path "Documents and Settings/My Name/Local Settings/Temporary Internet Files/IE5.Content/" , there are a bunch of folders with names such as O1LWMHI1. When I try and delete them, I am told these are systems files and deletiing them might cause problems (you know the usual MS warning message...) I would really like to delete these, but...R2, are these also safe to delete despite the awesome warning message??? TIA. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: IE5 - temporary files under W2K

    They are ramdonly assigned names. That is part of the security structure in IE -- if you will. By using random numbers on each user's computer, there is no 'usual' place that a hacker could look for cached information.

    You can delete the data INSIDE the folders -- all except for the index.dat files. But, Windows will not let you delete the folders themselves. If you look at the Properties of each of these, you will find the "System" box checked.

    Also, be warned -- if you delete cookie files (or pointers) in the TIF, the cookies will be simulataneously deleted from your Cookies folder. If you wish to keep some cookies (like the one for the lounge), don't delete those files.

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    Re: IE5 - temporary files under W2K

    What exactly are the cookie files anyway, I have never bothered to find out before.
    I have a lot of cookie files in my TIF.
    How can you tell what cookie files relate to? Say the WOPR lounge for instance.
    Pat

    BTW Where's your buddy D2 ?

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    Re: IE5 - temporary files under W2K

    Cookies files allow data to 'persist' on your computer between internet sessions. For example, the the lounge cookie tells this site that you have already registered here and allows you to sign back in the next time you visit. It may also tell the lounge what background color scheme you want. You can double-click on a cookie and open the file up, however, much of the information will be in 'code' and not interpretable.

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    Re: IE5 - temporary files under W2K

    Thanks R2, I appreciate your response.

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    Re: IE5 - temporary files under W2K

    Thanks for the insight. <img src=/S/clapping.gif border=0 alt=clapping width=19 height=23> The "Index.dat" file is inside the IE5.Content file. The "randomly assigned files do not appear to have an "index.dat" file inside. So my question is, can I delete these "randomly" assigned folders and all their contents, despite the warning that they are system files? I am not going to worry about the cookies disappearing. I am just trying to clean up some of my C: drive. That's all. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: IE5 - temporary files under W2K

    There is no real reason to delete the folders themselves. Windows will simply recreate them, or others like them, whenever it needs to.

    You can delete all of the content inside -- it is simply your Internet cache. If you want to prevent it from getting too large in the future, then you can adjust the size of the TIF under Tools | Internet Settings | TIF | Settings button.

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    Re: IE5 - temporary files under W2K

    Thanks R2. The only reason I would like to delete the folders is - why have a bunch of empty folders lying around (so to speak). I would just prefer to let it happen as you indicate - let Windows make them up when it needs to. That's all.

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    Re: IE5 - temporary files under W2K

    I have been deleting these werd named folders since they started to appear and have NOT had any problems. <img src=/S/bwaaah.gif border=0 alt=bwaaah width=123 height=15>

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: IE5 - temporary files under W2K

    If deleting them causes a problem, then you have REAL problems!

    This is a moot point. If you delete the four empty folders, Windows will create four new ones! Internet Explorer needs them to function.

    You will *never* win this battle. If it feels good, delete them! But... they'll be back! <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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