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Windows 7: How do I delete prefetch files in 7?


28 Oct 2009   #1

windows 7
 
 
How do I delete prefetch files in 7?

I XP I would type prefetch in run and then delete. I cant even find run in 7.

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28 Oct 2009   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kf9vh View Post
I XP I would type prefetch in run and then delete. I cant even find run in 7.
to get to run goto search and type run. Or just type whatever you like. most command run just be typing.

Why would you want to delete prefetch? Just curious

Ken
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29 Oct 2009   #3

windows 7
 
 
Old habit

It is my understand that if you dont dump the prefetch periodicaly it will slow your machine down.

Thanks
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29 Oct 2009   #4

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate SP1
 
 

Your understand is mistaken. Where did you get it, may I inquire?
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29 Oct 2009   #5
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

The only time you want to clean a 'prefetch' file, is if you've been infected with malware and it shows in the folder.
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29 Oct 2009   #6
stew2

 

Just open up your C: drive then open the Windows folder and in there is a folder called Prefetch

Open that folder and delete every entry and then restart your pc.
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29 Oct 2009   #7
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stew2 View Post
Just open up your C: drive then open the Windows folder and in there is a folder called Prefetch

Open that folder and delete every entry and then restart your pc.
And enjoy everything taking longer to open until the prefetch cache is rebuilt.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Teerex View Post
Your understand is mistaken. Where did you get it, may I inquire?
One of those "tweaks" that just won't die.
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30 Oct 2009   #8

windows 7
 
 

Perhaps I have misinformation. I have been dumping the pretch files for years and have not really noticed my machine loading up web pages slower. I read where they were like temp. internet files and need to be flushed every once in a while. I guess based on what is being said here that is wrong?
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30 Oct 2009   #9

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kf9vh View Post
It is my understand that if you dont dump the prefetch periodicaly it will slow your machine down.

Thanks

Not in win 7. description of why here Will Tweaking Windows? Prefetch Folder Allow for a Faster Startup? TuneUp Blog about Windows

Hope this helps

Ken
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30 Oct 2009   #10

windows 7 professional & ultimate 64bit laptops
 
 

I use the attached file constantly
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