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rgriese

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This directory contains a huge amount of subdirectories and files. It takes a long time to back it up. Since it is called "tempory" can the directory just be cleared? I
 

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Hiya and welcome

Do you mean the Tempory Internet Files? If so, yes, but not the actual folders. Just go to Tools | Interent Options. Under General tab, click Delete Files. DON'T delete offline content, OK and OK.

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rgriese

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Thanks eddie:

Not only did you let me know that I could delete those files but you showed me how to do it. Thank you.
 

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Hi,

Here's a little tip:

Go to tools/Internet Options, advanced tab, and check " Empty Temporary Internet Files folder when browser is closed".

That way you'll never need to remind yourself.

Cheers,
 

WhitPhil

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If you are not keeping web pages to view offline, select the Delete Offline Content, and the folders will also be deleted.
 

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Hiya WhitPhil

Thanks for mentioning that. I have a few but wasn't sure about deleting offline content. Some people may still want the files.

eddie
 

rgriese

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Phil & Tony:

This gets better and better. Thought I wouldn't hear anything for a few days and it's all done.

Thanks

Rich Griese
 

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OK, here's another one. :D

Works for Win95 and Win98.

In ME it needs to be done slightly differently.

Go to Start/run and type notepad /autoexec.bat (there's a space after 'Notepad'!)

Your Autoexec.bat will now open in Notepad.

Insert the following lines just before the last one:

@Echo Off
Smartdrv
Deltree /Y C:\Windows\Locals~1\Tempor~1\*.* > Nul


Save in 'File'

Now every time you start Windows these folder will be thorougly emptied.

Now my temp internet files are in C:\Windows\Local Settings\Temporary Internet files
If the path to the folder is different on your system, it needs to be adapted in the batch file.

Many people have them in C:\Windows\Temporary Internet Files, so in that cases the line should read:

Deltree /Y C:\Windows\Tempor~1\*.* > Nul

Here's some more info: Deleting Temporary Content

Good luck,
 

WhitPhil

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Note: That will definitely get rid of any offline content!!
 

rgriese

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Unfortunately I am running Windows ME, so what's different?When I tried to set the switch to delete temp files upon exit under advanced it doesn't appear.

Thanks again

Rich
 

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Hi Rich,

You mean in Internet Options/Advanced?
It should be there.
This is about Internet Explorer, not about Window 98 or Millennium.

 

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If you scroll down, it is in the Security Section.

If not, what version of IE are you running?
 

rgriese

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Tony & Phil:

Sorry for the delay, I have been sick in bed for two days.

I have searched the advanced internet options thoroughly and cannot find that switch. I am running IE 5.5. Is there any other switch which could cause the one I am looking for to be unavailable? Could it be Windows ME?

At least I know how to empty the files but it would be nice to do so automatically.

Happy new year to both.

Rich
 
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