compress old files

September 1, 2008 at 01:51:53
Specs: XP, 640 meg
I regularly do 'disk cleanup' (among other things) in an effort to keep things tidy. A folder called 'compress old files' keeps coming up and seems to be growing larger. I'm ignorant. What is it and can I safely delete it or is it something I need?
Ed in Texas.

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September 1, 2008 at 05:55:36
When you run the Disk clean up utility it list the "compress old files" as a option ! Whay it is asking you is if you want to compress older files on your system ,not dlelete them. I run the Disk clean up utility almost everytime I disconnecrt from the internet and I always allow for the old files to be compressed without any ill effects and it most definitly will regain some landscape on your HD for you !
Take Care Nick

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September 1, 2008 at 16:31:46
You can change the time period before a file is considered 'old' and therefore selected for compression.

Allow Disk Cleanup to run the diagnostic part then highlight Compress Old Files, click on Options and change the number of days before a file is considered 'old'.

Or, if you don't want to compress files at all you can untick Compress Old Files.

Good luck.

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September 1, 2008 at 21:03:29
If you are getting short on drive space, I suggest that you add another drive. Don't use compression, in certain circumstances it can be a headache.

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