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Saturday, March 15, 2008

Deleting Temp Files

Myth - "Deleting Temp Files improves performance."

Reality - Deleting temporary files does not improve application, gaming or system performance. All it does is increase your available disk space. While AntiVirus and AntiSpyware scan times and general disk search times can be reduced, these are not what people associate with improved performance. Deleting the contents of your browser cache actually reduces performance for previously visited webpages since they must be reloaded into the cache.

Notes - Modern disk search engines such a Windows Desktop Search take the location of temporary files into account and does not waste time indexing these files. Versions are available for download for Windows 2000, XP, 2003 and it is included in Vista.

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