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I hate Windows XP!

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by cassandra, Sep 28, 2008.


  1. cassandra

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    The tech where I work got me in the habit of manually clearing out all my cookies and temp files. It's easy because there I have Windows 2000 Pro and can find them in my documents and setting folder.

    So I'm trying to do the same thing at home where I've (supposedly) got XP Pro on my PC and XP Home on my laptop. I can't tell the difference between them even though I paid $100 for the Pro for my Dell PC. I can't find any cookies folder and not the same kind of temp internet files folder either. Even my Internet Explorer doesn't seem to have a delete cookies function like the older versions did.

    So I found the "show hidden folders" function and still couldn't find cookies. What is up with this?

    I deleted cookies using Firefox but does that help with all cookies or just Firefox-related files? Lots of things are running slow, Wordpress edits not saving and I'm wondering if it's a cache problem of some sort.

    Is Vista any better or does it also treat the user like a moron? I'm beginning to miss good ol' DOS.
     

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  2. d3athp3nguin

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    The typical way to delete temporary files & cookies in XP:

    -In the taskbar, go to Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Cleanup. After a bit, it will give you a bunch of checkboxes for things to clean up.

    -From there, you can check whatever you want to "purge." I would recommend you NOT select the option "Compress old files." It doesn't help that much, and could make more problems than it would solve. Everything else is fair game.

    NEXT... defrag your hard drive. Go to Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Defragmenter. When it loads, select the C: drive and click "defragment." Now go watch some tv, eat dinner etc because it will probably take a while, and it will make your computer slow as molassas while running. There is no harm in cancelling if need be though.

    There is a way to delete cookies within Internet Explorer, but it changes depending on the version you have and the above method lets you clean out other stuff too. Unless you're pressed for space, you shouldn't have to clean temporary stuff very often. I can understand doing it a lot for privacy issues though.


    In the latest version of Firefox, you can select Tools > Clear Private Data...
    That lets you delete all Firefox stuff.
     

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    I suggest you google "CCcleaner"- download it, install and run it. You can thank me later.
     
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    THanks for reminding me what I left out. My Accessories folder has NO System Tools! :dunno:
     
  5. cassandra

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    Ya know, I realize these downloads exist. But I really would like to know where things are and how to do it myself the way I can at work. I don't understand why XP has to make this so hard.

    Is it just more of Bill Gates' oversteering?
     
  6. d3athp3nguin

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    Hmm...

    Were you the one who set up your accounts originally in XP? If you aren't running as an "administrator," you might not be able to access the system tools.
     
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    Download Glary Utilities. It's a great, free program that does a bunch of house cleaning for you. I would stick with Firefox when you can and make sure it's set up to clean house when you're done surfing- Go to Tools > Options > Privacy tab > then check "Always clear my private data when I close Firefox"

    Oh yeah (DUH) here's the link to Glary Utilities: http://www.glarysoft.com/gu.html
     
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    sorry, I went back to edit to say i found it. Swear I couldn't find sys tools several times before, like it comes and goes.

    I don't see that post now. I just wish I could look at the entire file tree and just take care of things myself. I've always hated the "my documents" and "my this" and "my that" business too, esp since you have go to folder mode and back up to C and start over just to see where things really are..but that's Windows for ya.

    Need to vent, obviously...

    :steamed:
     
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    C:\Documents and Settings\[User Name]\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files

    That's the default location for Internet Explorer cookies if you want to find them in a directory structure.
     
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    If you hate XP, you will absolutely DESPISE Vista!
     
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    Not just a moron but also a thief and an illegal alien.

    I hate to sound like a Leenuks pimp but if you liked DOS and were comfortable with command line stuff, you might want to give one of the *NIX OSs a whirl. Even MACs are built on Darwin UNIX.
     
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    +1000000 on that...
     
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    In your control panel, click on "Internet Options" to clear cookies & cache from Internet Explorer. In Firefox, you use the "tools" pull-down and choose "Options".

    Computers require constant learning by the user. They are not electric toasters, unfortunately.
     
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    With firefox you can pick and choose which cookies to delete. Not to mention less security holes than the piece of **** Microsoft calls a browser.
     
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    I downloaded this, and now I get systool opening up in startup. When I tried to take it out using msconfig, I get a message saying someone screwed with msconfig! It wouldn't go away until I put it back in.

    :crying:
     
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    I second this. I run CCleaner on every Windows computer I have, as well as keeping the portable version on my USB drive.
     
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