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Have Windows xp. How do you empty cache? Thanks.

by Sparkle / January 26, 2004 1:12 PM PST

I have already done MSconfig suggested by earlier member. I just want to make certain this takes care of it.

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Re:Have Windows xp. How do you empty cache? Thanks.
by Marianna Schmudlach / January 26, 2004 2:39 PM PST

Start Internet Explorer
Tools > Internet Options
General tab (may already be selected)
Settings button
Set your cache size (Temporary Internet Files) to a reasonable number - I'd
suggest something between 5 and 10 MegaBytes
Click OK

If you simply want to delete items you will see a Delete Cookies and Delete
Files buttons just to the left of the Settings button. Click away.

If you set the cache size to a nice, reasonable size there should be no
reason to "have to" empty the Temp I-Net files. As the "new" files come in
the cache will fill up to the limit and when the limit is reached old files
will be deleted as needed. Unfortunately the default sizes are too large.

Now the basic TEMP directory is another matter (for that simply do a Start
> Run and type in %TEMP% and click OK) to which you should keep cleaned

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Re: How do you empty cache?
by AuntieL0L0 / December 6, 2009 4:56 AM PST

Thank you for the 'empty cache'/clear cookies advice. I read on to the Start/Run/%TEMP% command to open the Temporary Internet Files Folder. You recommended keeping this cleaned up...should it be emptied? Or cleaned in some organized fashion?

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There's an easier way nowadays.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / December 6, 2009 7:45 PM PST

Use a utility that specifically cleans these temp and temporary files.

The one we usually recommend is the free version of CCleaner.

Just be sure to watch the install process and de-select the install of any 3rd party software, (it used to be the Yahoo toolbar), if you don't want it.

CCleaner cleans out all Temporary Internet Files, temp files, and other hidden unwanted temporary files. It also has a registry cleaner of sorts, but we don't use that.

CCleaner will clean out your web browser cookies. Be sure to save the ones you want to keep. There's a section that allows you to do that.


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Very helpfull
by Talfar / December 21, 2012 12:33 AM PST


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Re:Have Windows xp. How do you empty cache? Thanks.
by Cursorcowboy / January 27, 2004 2:45 AM PST

1. The Disk Cleanup (Cleanmgr.exe) tool includes one confusing option that can leave an inordinate amount of wasted space on you hard drive. When run, one of the available options offers to delete Temporary files. Unfortunately, this option may display a value of zero even if your Temporary folder contains hundreds of useless files since this value lists only file in that folder with a date more than one week old. Therefore, if files still exists after using the tool, you may at your convenience delete any and all files unnecessary.

2. The article [Q310312] states the Disk Cleanup tool helps you free up space on your hard disk by searching your disk for files that you can safely delete. You can choose to delete some or all of the files.

3. The article [Q315246] describes how to use command-line options to configure the Disk Cleanup tool to automatically clean up certain files by using the Scheduled Tasks tool.

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Get married
by LarryD / January 27, 2004 3:27 AM PST

Oops! I thought you said "...empty cash..."

My mistake!

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