Temporary Internet Files in Windows® XP®
What are Temporary Internet Files in Windows XP and how to find those files?
Windows XP is a very efficient Operating System released by Microsoft for its use on personal computers including the home and business laptops, desktops and media centers. Windows XP was initially released in August 2001, and it is one of the most popular versions of Windows Operating Systems. Windows XP is reliable, easy to use, and stable. It supports various latest hardware and software programs. It provides streamlined interface and better performance. Temporary Internet Files are created every time you access
Internet. There are different ways to delete the Internet files from the system.
Temporary Internet Files and different locations of Temporary Internet Files in Windows XP are discussed below:
- Temp files
- Using %temp%
- Through manual navigation
The purpose of the Temporary Internet Files folder is to speed up the loading of the webpages. It works every time when you visit a webpage with Internet Explorer. The browser first checks to see if the webpage and its pictures are already in the Temporary Internet Files cache. Internet Explorer uses your Internet connection only to check if the webpage has changed since the last visit. In most cases, it was not changed and the Internet Explorer loads the page from the Temporary Internet Files folder on your hard disk, which is many times faster than loading the page from the Internet.
To go to temp folder in your system, use the %temp% in the run window. Now you will find a window in which you might see a couple of files listed. To the top of this window you could see a page back icon. You need to click on this icon so that it would take you to another window where you would see Temporary Internet Files listed.
To get the Temporary Internet Files through manual navigation. You need to fist go to 'Start' and select 'Control Panel'. Now from the list, you need to select 'Internet options' and double click on that. Now under the General tab on to the top, you would see Temporary Internet Files which are the second option in the list. It also gives you options to delete the temporary files and folders from your system. By deleting these files, you would lose the browsing history.