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Windows 7: Obsolete prefetch files, can they be deleted ?

18 Apr 2014   #1
bawldiggle

XP/7x32 & x64/8x64/8.1x64
 
 
Obsolete prefetch files, can they be deleted ?

Can I safely delete a ".pf" file for a non extent exe file.
The original EXE program has been uninstalled.

I suspect the prefetch might be sabotaging one of my file-types actions.
I assume prefetch runs with boot

On my trainer wheels with prefetch

Thank you


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18 Apr 2014   #2
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Rename it first. If no problems, delete it.
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18 Apr 2014   #3
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

CCleaner has an option to delete Old Prefetch data in the Windows / Advanced section.
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18 Apr 2014   #4
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

If the prefetch file is associated with a non non existent exe it is safe to delete but this serves no real purpose. It will never be referenced and eventually the system will delete it. Prefetch files are never referenced unless the associated exe is run.
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18 Apr 2014   #5
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

And no it is not the cause of the problem that you mentioned.
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