How do I totally clear index.dat file in XP?

March 22, 2011 at 16:40:26
Specs: Windows XP
How do I totally clear the index.dat file in XP?

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March 22, 2011 at 17:06:19
create a new one with no information in it.

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March 22, 2011 at 18:16:03
The index.dat files have to be deleted before Windows loads. CCleaner and a few other programs will do that automatically for you (the file is deleted on the next re-boot).

No need to create a new one, Windows XP will do that automatically, whether you like it or not. Plus, XP won't just "let" you create a new one while it is running.

It was so much easier in the old Win 9x days, with just a short line of safe code in the autoexec.bat file. I suppose one could devise a command in the Boot.ini to do something similar, but I haven't even given it that much thought.

Booting off a LiveCD is another way, though certainly not the fastest.

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March 23, 2011 at 01:55:51
greybeard, I agree with IMpatient. CCleaner is IMHO, far and away the easiest, but it can be done manually if you must. Empty, it's 32K, but it can grow HUGE. It's a protected file and can't be deleted by normal methods. CCleaner (free @: can get rid of it when it’s ticked (not to worry, it gets rebuilt EMPTY on the next boot.). May not be your deal at all, but won’t cause any harm to try.
Ed in Texas

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March 23, 2011 at 03:30:51
Each user account has its own Index.DAT. If you have more than one user account, you can delete user account A's Index.DAT while being logged on to user account B and vice vera.


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