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Vista Prefetch question

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  • Started 5 years ago by fredharvey
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fredharvey
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Hi, With XP everytime I uninstalled a program afterwards I would do a search for the prefetch file , how does this work with Vista ? Does Vista remove everything once it been uninstall ? Do the prefetch files get remove ? How does it work towards the prefetch files ? thanks

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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Welcome fred. The prefetch files live in the C:\Windows\Prefetch folder. I just delete them all every few weeks.

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whs
whs
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CCleaner will take care of it. http://www.filehippo.com/download_ccleaner/

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fredharvey
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HI, Thanks for the welcome . Lighthouse may I ask as to why you do just that ? WHS I have CC already though I wasn't sure it removes the prefetch file or does it remove them all within the folder ? I rather have it just remove programs that I have uninstalled , Does it do just certain ones at a time ? Thanks

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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Well fred. It's because I download an awful lot of programs, just to test them.

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raphoenix
raphoenix
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fredharvey,

Don't know how Prefetch works in Vista however you can Delete the Prefetch files in XP, Reboot, Logon, Jump into (CMD) mode and type in or (copy and paste) the below to rebuild the most current Prefetch files. Be sure to run CCleaner before rebuilding files.

%windir%\system32\Rundll32.exe advapi32.dll,ProcessIdleTasks

As I indicated, in Vista this may not work but you can try it and if it doesn't, all it will do is give you an error message.

Regards,
Rick P.

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fredharvey
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Well that a good reason Lighthouse lol , though I was under the impression never to delete the layout file . It has something to do with Windows booting better if you don't . I know it get recreated if you do but I was told not to delete it .

Raphoenix >> Thanks for that tip but I am affraid it doesn't work . It actually does nothing in Vista , no error or anything , oh well . Though I know if you restart your comp a few times it will recreate the prefetch files .

Thanks

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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It recreates when you exit Windows. And then adds as you go along.

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raphoenix
raphoenix
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fredharvey,

Did you hit (Enter Key) and watch the HD light to see if activity was taking place ?? In XP, the command rebuilds the Prefetch (INI) file also along with other entries after complete deletion of Prefetch folder content.

Regards,
Rick P.

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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Oops, I made a mistake. It starts recreating straight after you delete it.

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fredharvey
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Lighthouse >>> Yeah, I figure it recreate all after a few restarts ( 3 )

Raphoenix >>> All I did was copy and paste your command and enter it , hit enter , nothing . just gives you the beginning option again

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fredharvey
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pls delete this I didn't see the edit there , thanks

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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It is not the restarts that recreate it. It's what you run in a session.

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fredharvey
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Yep , You're right . But i'm still curious to know whether whenever uninstalling a program if Vista removes the prefetch file to ? I know XP didn't do that .

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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Not sure. Will have to test that. Install 2 new programs, uninstall with 2 different methods. Give me a few minutes please.

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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OK. just downloaded and run 2 programs. Uninstalled 1 with the Windows uninstaller, and the other with Revo Uninstaller. Neither removed the entry from the prefetch folder!

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raphoenix
raphoenix
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Lighthouse (Peter),

You are in France but just out of curiosity, where is the Server located for this group ??

Regards,
Rick P.

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fredharvey
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Thanks Lighthouse , Its good to know . Do you know whether if you use Vista search function it will locate these files ? I know with XP search it did, Thanks

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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Rick. Do you mean my ISP Server? or the server for the forum?
And severe warning. Don't call me Peter. LH is fine :)

Fred. Which files?

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raphoenix
raphoenix
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Lighthouse,

I'll take your warning seriously.

I've always used "raphoenix" on all groups and my "nickname" Rick P. since the net started. Was just wondering who was the ISP for the group.

Regards,
Rick P.

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