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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by missfuffy, Jan 16, 2003.

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  1. missfuffy

    missfuffy Thread Starter

    Jul 25, 2000
    I have been looking into the Windows Explorer -- under
    C:windows. The hierarchy shows a number of folders which I never created and which were not there when my computer was brand new = 2months ago.

    There are "prefetch" files, "shared" files... and "user" files among others.

    I know I can safely delete temp internet files but I am afraid to touch any of these other folders and files for fear that I may create a mess..... advice??? help???? missfuffy:confused:
  2. dvk01

    dvk01 Moderator Malware Specialist

    Dec 14, 2002
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    Leave them alone.

    Shared folders are where windows puts files that more than one programme might use

    prefetch is a method of widows speeding up using certain regularly used programms

    If you don't understand them don't touch them or you will definitely muck up your system

    user files tend to be a log of what you have done on the computer and can work in much the same way as prefetch files.

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