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Cleaning Cookies and Cache Windows 95/98/ME

This tutorial is for Windows98, there is another for Windows XP, honestly any other version of Windows, I don't know about them, but if need be can call my computer guy to give me the answer.

  1.  Close down your browser
  2. Click on My computer on your desktop
  3. Click on (C:) Drive
  4. Click on Windows 
  5. You may need to then click on Show all files
  6. Click on Temporary Internet Files
  7. Go to Menu bar and choose Edit then Select All
  8. Go back to Menu bar and choose File then Delete
  9. In your address bar it should say C:\Windows\Temporary Internet Files you want to add to that \Content.IE5 and hit go
  10. Delete all files and folders you see in there. You might get an error message that you can't delete something, it is because you have a browser window open, close it down.
  11. Go back to Menu bar and choose Go then Up One Level
  12. Delete all but the Content.IE5 folder if it is visible to you
  13. Go back to menu bar and choose Go then Up One Level
  14. Click on History folder
  15. Go to Menu bar and choose Edit then Select All
  16. Go back to Menu bar and choose File then Delete
  17. Go back to Menu bar and choose Go then Up One Level
  18. Click on the Temp folder
  19. Go to Menu bar and choose Edit then Select All
  20. Go back to Menu bar and choose File then Delete
  21. Go back to Menu bar and choose Go then Up One Level
  22. Click on the Downloaded Program Files


You can do two things with the three circled files, either delete the them entirely or right click on them individually and choose update. I highly recommend deleting them and reinstalling. If you are having chat problems, definitely delete.

Reboot your computer.

Cleaning Cookies and Cache Windows XP

This tutorial I did for Windows XP, Windows98 has another tutorial, honestly any other version of Windows, I don't know about them anymore, but if need be can call my computer guy to give me the answer.

  1. Close down your browser
  2. Click on My computer on your desktop
  3. Click on (C:) Drive
  4. Click on Documents & Settings then username (mine is Maggy and this step may only be for pro version) then Local Settings
  5. You may need to then click on Show all files
  6. Click on Temporary Internet Files
  7. Go to Menu bar and choose Edit then Select All
  8. Go back to Menu bar and choose File then Delete
  9. In your address bar it should say C:\Documents and Settings\Maggy\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files (replace the "Maggy" with your own settings) you want to add to that \Content.IE5 and hit go
  10. Delete all files and folders you see in there. You might get an error message that you can't delete something, it is because you have a browser window open, close it down.
  11. Go back to Menu bar and choose Go then Up One Level
  12. Delete all but the Content.IE5 folder if it is visible to you
  13. Go back to menu bar and choose Go then Up One Level
  14. Click on History folder
  15. Go to Menu bar and choose Edit then Select All
  16. Go back to Menu bar and choose File then Delete
  17. Go back to Menu bar and choose Go then Up One Level
  18. Click on the Temp folder
  19. Go to Menu bar and choose Edit then Select All
  20. Go back to Menu bar and choose File then Delete
  21. Go back to Menu bar and choose Go then Up One Level
  22. Click on the Downloaded Program Files


You can do two things with the three circled files, either delete the them entirely or right click on them individually and choose update. I highly recommend deleting them and reinstalling. If you are having chat problems, definitely delete.

Reboot your computer.

System File Checker

There are three tutorials for the System file checker

  1. Checking your files for changed/deleted/corrupted files 98

  2. Checking your files for XP

  3. Restoring a file

If your computer seems to be slow and you have performed a scandisk and defrag, it is always good to also perform a System File Check at the same time you perform the above two. I have taught many about this over the years and the results was always that their computer did run faster once they learned about this tool and used it.

If you have a missing system file, using the Restore will replace that file for you.

Let us know on the board if you have any problems with either tutorial.

System File Checker--checking system files

1. Click on start then run

2. Type in sfc.exe. You will see the following window

 

3. Click on settings as shown by the red circle below.

    

4. Check off both Check for changed files and Check for deleted files as shown in the red circle below.

  

5. Click OK

6. Click Start and you will get a window that looks like the one below.

 

7. If you receive a prompt on changed or deleted files choose update on all files (as shown in the graphic below). The graphic below is for changed file, but deleted file is similar. I just ran a system file check and I didn't get any deleted files so couldn't give screenshot of it.

 

8. If you receive a notification that a file is corrupt you will want to restore this file, unless it is a setup file which is associated with some of the versions of IE, just choose update for this one if you get it. The one shown in the graphic below is a setup file for IE and I get this message every time on any machine after installing IE.

9. When system file checker is done you will most likely find that your computer is performing much better than it was before. Screenshot below shows the result of a scan I did.

 

System File Checker--extracting files

1. Click on start then run

2. Type in sfc.exe. You will see the following window

 

3. Change the choice to Extract one file from installation disk. See below:

  

4. Type in the name of your file or choose Browse and find the file you wish to restore. (for this we will use wsock32.dll

  

5. Make sure that under settings it is set for Prompt for backup as shown below.

 

6. Click OK and you will be brought back to the window below:

 

7. Click start and you will be prompted by a new window asking where to Restore from and where to save the file to as below.

  

8. After finding where the file is to be extracted from and saved to click OK and you will be prompted on where to backup the File you will be restoring. Just leave it with the default of C:\WINDOWS\Helpdesk\SFC and click OK.

  

9. You will then be told that the backup folder doesn't exist and do you want to create it, choose yes.

 

10. You are done, but you must reboot your machine, choose yes in this window.

 

11. After rebooting your file is restored.

System File Checker XP

Windows XP is a much more stable system than 95/98 or ME. The system file checker for XP takes a considerable amount of time and you really don't want to run it unless it is obvious that the O/S has become unstable. Please use SFC for XP ONLY when necessary!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click on Start and then Run

(Run is circled in the graphic on your left)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Type in cmd and then press ok, see the graphic to your left.

This will open the MSDos Window shown below. Your window will not have Maggy of course.

 

 

 

Now if you type is sfc you will end up being given a list of options as shown below

The most usual option to use is /scannow

type into your dos window sfc /scannow (be sure to have a space between sfc and /scannow) Press Enter

The window to your left will appear on your screen. If all the needed files are not on your computer you will be prompted as in the graphic below.

 

 

 

Place your CD into the CDRom drive and this window will disappear. Bringing you back to the window above and the one below. If you like you can close down your MS Dos Window now.

 

 

 

 

Finally, this window will disappear when the sfc has finished it's job. There is nothing more you need to do.

 

 

Ron & Maggy

Scandisk

Scandisk will find errors on your drive that may be causing you problems.

Please note: You need to shut down all programs running or you will receive a message as below. To be sure all running programs are shut down do the following:

  1. Press Ctrl/Alt and Del keys at the same time (a window will pop up)
  2. The only programs that should be running are Explorer, Rundll, Systray
  3. If any other programs are running highlight the program and click on end task
  4. Repeat process until the only 3 programs running are the three in #2.

 

When you first click on the scandisk option you will see the following window:

 

You might want to click on Advanced to see if the options there are set to your preferences. My preferences are as shown below:

 

After being sure your settings are set to your preference then click OK. It will bring you back to the previous window. Check off the Automatically fix errors and then click start in that window and you will see the following window. At the bottom of the window there is an indicator to show just how far the scandisk has progressed. All you need do is sit back and wait for scandisk to finish.

 

When it is finished you will see a window similar to below displaying your results of the scan.

  

The thorough scan is slightly different and will take much more time to run. I don't recommend doing this one except maybe once a month just to be sure there are no major problems with the hard drive. Or run it if you still have problems after running all the other tools.

 

Once you have chosen Thorough click on the Options button and you will see the window below:

 

If the options are set up right click OK. Again the indicator will run through the process but an added process will be at the end.

When done you again will receive the box displaying the results of the scan.

Defragment Hard drive

Defragmenting your hard drive help it to make your hard drive run faster. I would advise doing this at least once a week. It needs to be done without running any programs that are going to write to the drive or it will restart defrag and take much longer to run.

When you first click on the defragment hard drive you will come up with the following screen. Some people have more than one drive so you are given the option of which drive you want to defrag. If it's not your default then click on the dropdown box and choose the drive you wish to defrag.

 

Click on the Settings as shown above and the window below will appear. Be sure the items shown below are checked as it will defrag better for you each time.

When you click OK in the above two windows the following window will appear, this will show you the progress of your defrag.

 

For a more detailed view of the defrag process click on show details and the following window will appear.

 

When you click on Legend you will see the following window which will tell you what the coloured squares in your defrag means.

 

Once it has read your drive the beginning of the defrag process is rather slow, it actually takes one of these squares at a time and places them for optimal speed, further into the process it will get faster.

When finished you will see the following window, click on yes and you are finished.