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IE7 and Index.dat

Discussion in 'Web & Email' started by stuart Allison, Feb 4, 2007.

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  1. stuart Allison

    stuart Allison Guest Thread Starter

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    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.

    Stuart
     
  2. kilowatt1

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    :) 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.
     
  3. moper

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    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/2006/08/04/WinInet_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


    moper
     
  4. WhitPhil

    WhitPhil Gone but never forgotten Trusted Advisor

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    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.
     
  5. gurutech

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    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.
     
  6. moper

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    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.


    moper
     
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