Prefetch folder optimization is a hoax?

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  1. ilugd

    ilugd Beware of the innocent

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    http://www.edbott.com/weblog/archives/000743.html

    Found this article today. I regularly and 'religiously' go through the process of advising users to clean the prefetch folder at my office when they complain that their system is slow. Seems I was taken for a ride.

    Why, even in this forum, search threw up 49 threads recommending it.


    Any ideas, folks, if this is true? It look genuine.
     
  2. anandk

    anandk Distinguished Member

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    i agree. check my comments here http://www.thinkdigit.com/forum/showthread.php?t=7879&highlight=start+shutdown

    it says :
    Generally people also recommend emptying the Prefetch directory every
    week. But i believe Window uses this directory to speed up launching
    applications. It analyzes the files you use during startup and the applications you launch, and it creates an index to where those files and applications are located on your hard disk. By using this index, XP can launch files and applications faster. So, by emptying the directory, are we not, most likely slowing down launching applications; even during start-up ?

    in fact windows already automatically cleans this folder at 128 entries !
     
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    hemant_mathur -- No Easter Eggs here --

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