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Old 04-23-2006, 09:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, I just wanted to know some things on the prefetch folder and indexing service on windows. I have looked around, but havn't really found exactly what I wanted to know, mostly I just found how to change things with them.

For both I would like to mainly know what they do for you normally. Also, I would like to know what does disabling or deleting them do for you. Does it speed up your system, or just give you more space, etc.?

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Old 04-24-2006, 06:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Can someone please explain to me at least what deleting your prefetch does for your system, and what leaving it how it is does for your system.
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What is prefetch?
Prefetch is a folder that contains "start up data." It allows you to open programs faster.

So deleting it makes the computer slower?
No. Think of it as a small notebook to keep notes in, compared to 2 or 3 binders to find. Which is faster? The notebook. But what happens when the notebook is full and/or filled with things you only used a few times?

So don't delete them?
No, you should clear the prefetch every 2-3 months. This way the computer is not overloaded with junk prefetch files, or outdated ones.

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Thank you very much.
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Old 04-25-2006, 01:40 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I agree I usually clean up my prefetch when I clean out all my temp files. It takes it only a few reboots to rebuild itself with the current list of used apps
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Old 04-25-2006, 04:41 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Indexing makes your seaches faster.
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I disable every unneccessary service for best performance.

Indexing Service = For the benefit it provides, the resource usage is far from an equal tradeoff.

http://www.theeldergeek.com/indexing_service.htm
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