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04-Feb-2007, 04:09 PM #1
IE7 and Index.dat
del index.dat \s does not seem to work with IE7. I get the cannot find index.dat error.

Safe mode with command promt
CD/
del index.dat \s

What am I doing wrong?

Thanks.

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04-Feb-2007, 04:31 PM #2
After you change directories (cd command), you should come to the C:\> prompt. At the promt type "del index.dat /s. Note that it is a foward slash.
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04-Feb-2007, 08:44 PM #3
It may be unnecessary to delete index.dat files in IE7. The 'Delete Files' button is supposed to zero out all entries in the index.dat file.
http://blogs.msdn.com/wndp/archive/2...Index_dat.aspx

Your dos commands won't work because you cd'ed to the root directory. That isn't where they are located. Also, you won't be able to delete it anyway, at least for the user account you are logged in at.
To check the size of the file , try these commands:
Start, Run, cmd
cd Locals~1
cd Tempor~1
cd Content.ie5
Dir /A


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04-Feb-2007, 11:38 PM #4
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Your dos commands won't work because you cd'ed to the root directory
The DEL with the /S will delete that file in ALL directories.

While this will most likely kill the IE file, it will also get the History and Cookies files, as well as the files belonging to any application that happen to have named themselves INDEX.dat.

You should probably not be doing this type of delete.
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05-Feb-2007, 02:47 PM #5
You won't be able to delete the index.dat file in any directory under the Documents & Settings directory for the currently logged in user, unless you login in safe mode.
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05-Feb-2007, 08:08 PM #6
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The DEL with the /S will delete that file in ALL directories.
Yes, it will try to delete all index.dat files, of which there are many. Some are very useful. But, it won't delete the one stuart is after, at least if it is in the current user's folder. It is a protected system file, currently in use.


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