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Windows/Downloaded Program Files..IE5

by SumerBrez / March 18, 2005 5:19 AM PST

Using: XP/SP2..IE6
Doing my regular PC Maintence.
In "C:Windows/Downloaded Program Files".
(Yellow folder with the Blue E on it.)
and: IE5
Should these be "deleted/cleaned out"?
Seems was told to do this before,could easily be wrong though, so thought best to ask first.

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Windows/Downloaded Program Files..IE5
by John.Wilkinson / March 18, 2005 8:08 AM PST

For the most part, it really doesn't matter if you delete the files inside the "Downloaded Program Files" folder or not. However, if you do delete them, you will have to redownload them the next time you visit their respective websites. (Though it's usually a pretty quick download.)

The files, usually "ActiveX controls," are used by websites for various tasks. (Ex: Microsoft uses it to verify your copy of Windows prior to downloading specific updates, PCPitStop uses it to scan your computer's configuration, and certain games use them to launch the pop-up-like windows and special features.) "ActiveX" has gained popularity, recently, because hackers have targeted it as a way to take control of a person's computer. That's one reason some alternative browsers, such as Firefox, are deemed more secure: they don't support "ActiveX." Unfortunately, they also aren't able to load a lot of the websites that require "ActiveX" either.

Bottomline: Go through it periodically and delete the files from sites you don't visit anymore, or any that seem suspicious, but leave the rest to save yourself time in the future.

Hope this helps,
John

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(NT) (NT) Thanks John..very helpful.
by SumerBrez / March 21, 2005 11:18 AM PST
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RE:
by Cursorcowboy / March 18, 2005 10:22 PM 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 unused and unnecessary files.

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 as follows:

? Remove temporary Internet files.

? Remove downloaded program files. For example, ActiveX controls and Java applets that are downloaded from the Internet.

? Empty the Recycle Bin.

? Remove Windows temporary files.

? Remove optional Windows components that you are not using.

? Remove installed programs that you no longer use.


Note: If you start the Disk Cleanup utility and click the Disk Cleanup tab, a System Restore: Obsolete Data Stores entry may be available. These are files that were created before reformatting or reinstalling Windows and are obsolete and can safely be deleted. If you choose to cleanup and delete these files, this option does not show again.

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

4. The articles [Q812248] and [Q812930] state the Disk Cleanup tool may stop responding (hang) and you may receive the following message -- that would require an edit of the system registry to correct.

? Disk Cleanup is calculating how much space you will be able to free on (C: ).
This may take a few minutes to complete.
Scanning: Compress old files


HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\VolumeCaches
\Compress Old Files


Note: Two important things to know is that the system registry copies changes immediately and there is no Undo command. The editor does not wait for a Save to be issued since it does not have one and therefore makes changes permanent as they happen -- you make a change it's gone forever unless you remember it or have already backed up a copy. Use the editor sparingly and soberly and do not leave it open unnecessarily.

a. Click Start, Run, type regedit, and then press Enter.

Note: Click the "Plus" before each of the words preceded by a back-slash in the above registry address until you reach Compress Old Files, which you will then bold/highlight by clicking.

b. From the Main menu, click Edit, Delete, or after an entry has been bolded simply press the Del key on the keypad and respond with an affirmative.

5. The article [Q823302] provides the steps and explains that when you try to run the Windows XP Disk Cleanup tool, it may stop responding and occurs because you have corrupted temporary files on the computer that will require manual deletion.

a. The article [Q320081] explains why you may not be able to delete a file or a folder on an NTFS file system volume and how to address the different causes to resolve the issue.

b. The Windows Recovery Console can be used to obtain limited access to NTFS, FAT, and FAT32 volumes without starting Windows, [Q314058]. Please also read, "HOW TO: Install and Use the Recovery Console in Windows XP (Q307654)."

c. Otherwise, please read Doug Knox's tip, "How do I delete an "undeletable" file?"

d. The article [Q320081] explains that you may not be able to delete a file if the file is being used, and the symptoms may vary. You may be able to use the delete command to delete a file, but the file is not actually deleted until the process that has the file open releases the file. Additionally, you may not be able to access the Security dialog box for a file that is pending deletion. To determine what process may have a file open, "Display a List of Processes That Have Files Open (Q242131)."

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Hi Bill..
by SumerBrez / March 21, 2005 11:26 AM PST
In reply to: RE:

and thank you for the informative reading..

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