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What are Temporary Internet Files?

Each time you open a Web page, your browser creates a cache file (a temporary copy) of the page's text and graphics. When you open the page again, for example, when you click on the toolbar Back button, your browser checks the Web site server for changes to the page. If the page has changed, your browser retrieves a new version over the network. If the page hasn't changed, your browser uses the cache files from your RAM or hard drive to display the page. For example, Internet Explorer caches Web pages to both memory (RAM) and disk (hard drive) until the respective cache is full; Internet Explorer then rotates out pages based on age. Internet Explorer designed this system to help load Web pages quicker. However, if you've viewed lots of Web pages, you may have an overloaded hard disk cache, which Internet Explorer will have to check before it loads a new page. Unfortunately, over time, your browser's cache grows. A cache full of outdated information is worse than no cache at all. It causes problems with Java applets, causes you to see out of date text or images, and makes your browser sluggish starting and exiting. The solution is to clear out the cache.

 

By default, the location of temporary Internet files (for Internet Explorer) is

  • C:\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files
    ( For Win2000 and Windows XP)
  • c:\WINDOWS\Temporary Internet Files
    ( for Win95, Win98 ,Windows ME)

 

 
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