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Deleting the INDEX.DAT file

In Category: Internet Explorer

The INDEX.DAT file keeps a record of all the web sites you have visited.
Normally you can't simply delete this file since it is protected by the operating system.
However, there is a way:

1. Close all running applications
2. Open a command window (CMD.EXE)
3. Go to to C:\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5 (where username is the replaced by your current login name)
4. Start the Task Manager (Ctrl-Shift-Esc)
5. Click on the Processes tab
6. Select EXPLORER.EXE and click on End Process
7. The screen will be blank except for the command window
8. Delete the INDEX.DAT file
9. Go back to the Task Manager
10. Do File / Run / Explorer and the desktop will be back


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