Deleting old shortcuts from XP???
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    Deleting old shortcuts from XP???

    Hey guys,

    I just want to know if in a XP operating system there is a folder in which shortcuts
    from recently used programs are stored? I mean I know after you uninstall a program,
    shortcuts related to that program are deleted however I thought it might keep it in a
    temp folder somewhere.

    If so, how do you get to it?

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    It is actually a feature called "prefetch" and to start it you go

    Start > Run and type in "prefetch"

    Then press ctrl+A to highlight all the shortcuts and then press delete

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    Thanks for tip. I actually tried it and it worked.

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    of course .. do you think I would **** you around ... maybe

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    Hmmm... "prefetch" does nothing on my box... (xp pro sp2)

    Just can't be found...

    I think I've seen it under c:\windows\prefetch but its not there now either...

    I must have killed whatever service that uses prefech?
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    yeh its c:\windows\prefetch for me ......

    You can quickly see what Windows XP is prefetching for you. Click Start | My Computer, and double-click the drive that's storing your \WINDOWS directory (normally drive C:\. Open the Windows folder and open the Prefetch folder to reveal a list of programs that XP prefetches
    take a look at this website

    http://techrepublic.com.com/5100-627....html?tag=e064

    also have a look here

    http://www.onecomputerguy.com/window...s.htm#prefetch

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    I knew you had to clear out the prefech dir once in a while and I do that on my machine at work.

    For some reason it isn't on this box at home...

    However, I have 2 installs of XP on this box. One is for my everyday tasks and a second install to another partition for video games only. (no av, no firewall, etc. keep down on using a lot of resources, makes gaming faster) That install does have a prefech dir in D:\windows\prefetch. But that is only for the second install... They can't be sharing it...

    Weird...
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