Prefetch question



A couple of questions concerning XP Prefetch:

1) What exactly does it do? What is its purpose?

2) I've read that I should periodically clean obsolete items from prefetch, since it can get cluttered rather quickly. What is safe to delete? Could I conceivably clean out the entire folder and let it rebuild from scratch?

Thanks for your input from a WinXP Home Edition newbie!

ya know... i read the same tip and I think it is a load of crap. The prefetch files are to help you boot faster. I know when you look in the prefetch folder that it looks like it will be taking alot of space, but in general it is ussually only 2-3 mb which is not much space at all. I would leave it!
Windows XP "monitors" which applications are frequently launched and what files they access when launching and writes information about this to the prefetch folder. Approx every 3 days, Windows XP will attempt to "optimze" these apps so that they launch faster.

- Greg/Raxco Software
pre fetch refreshes itself, it speeds your computors search for commonly used apps, it doesn't need cleansing or maintanance
I did read on the M$ knowledgebase that it does help a little to clean it out occasionally. I just delete the bl**dy lot about once a fortnight.

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