Prefetch Folder ??????

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By Anonymous on Tuesday, March 02, 2004 - 11:39 pm:

Sorry if I'm posting this in the wrong place,I've been WAY TOO MANY places today & got lost.(I'd put a "Smiley" here if I knew how). Not only am I a puter novice but just went to XP from ME and am having some difficulty adjusting. XP has a place called "Prefetch folder",& I'm lost,can't find anything about it in Help & Support either. Does anyone know what it is?
I saw a fleeting reference to it on a different forum site earlier today,but now can't find it,& it seems like it said it was a junk file & could be deleted.
Thanx, Cher

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By dreuby on Wednesday, March 03, 2004 - 02:35 pm:

Taken From Microsoft Website:

Windows XP monitors the files that are used when the computer starts and when you start applications. By monitoring these files, Windows XP can prefetch them. Prefetching data is the process whereby data that is expected to be requested is read ahead into the cache. Prefetching boot files and applications decreases the time needed to start Windows XP and start applications.

This information is logged and stored on your hard drive taking up space and requiring a process to be kept running monitoring which applications are being run. This has a performance impact on your PC. Disabling the Prefetch function or at least only enabling it for the Boot Files will allow you to free up some system resources and preserve some disk space.

Advice on removing prefetch files:
http://www.tweakxp.com/display.aspx?id=525

You can get software to clean prefetch folders.


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