Temporary Internet Files Folder in Windows® XP
Role of Windows® XP temporary Internet files folder
The Windows® XP platform was the operating system released in 2001 after Windows® Me and Windows® 98. The Windows® XP operating system runs on a small configuration of 233 MHz, 1.5 GB hard disk space and 64 MB of RAM. The Windows® XP Home provided a new interface to the user. The Windows® XP operating system stores all the data of the web pages that the Internet Explorer® visits. This is done so that the Internet Explorer® can load the page faster than the first time it visits the page. The cached data is stored into this Temporary Internet files folder for later use.
The role, features, and consequence of deleting Windows® XP temporary Internet files folder are outlined below -
- Role and use of temporary Internet folder
- Offline Loading
- Usage of Space
- Consequence of deleting the files
Role and Use of temporary Internet folder
The Temporary Internet Files folder is used to store all the data about the webpage that explorer visits. It can be used to speed up the process of loading a webpage to the user. This can be located from inside the Windows® Folder. The data that is stored can be removed manually or with the tool that is provided by Windows®. Most of the data stored includes the layout of the webpage, images, and other data files. The Internet Explorer® will only see if any change has come to the page and load the changes, if it has not changed the system would load the webpage from the temporary Internet file folder.
The temporary Internet files folder provides the ability to the user to do offline loading, that is the user can choose the tab from the File menu that say Work Offline and then choose the required webpage. The Internet Explorer® uses the data in the temporary Internet files folder to load the page again without connecting to the Internet. The user can review the webpage as it was loaded earlier but cannot go to new links or pages that had not been visited.
The frequent visit of webpage will cause the Internet Explorer® to store more information and data into the Windows® XP’s Temporary Internet Files folder. The files are just known to be temporary but are not deleted until the cache memory becomes full. Therefore this can lead to a huge loss in the space of the drive. Any unauthorized user who gains access to the system can view the files and see the sites that are being visited by the user. The folder can be found at C:Documents and Settings
The consequence of deleting the Temporary Internet Files is that the data will need to be reloaded, once the data is deleted from this folder each time a website is loaded to the Internet Explorer® the computer would fetch the website from the server. This may be more time consuming as the data is not available in the Temporary Internet Files folder.