After using windows over a long period of time can result in a slow performance and frequent crashes. In this post i am going to share a simple process to increase the performance of Windows Xp, by deleting unused Prefetch files.
Before stating the steps, i would like you to know what Prefetch files are.
Prefetch files are used to monitor and adapt the usage pattern of files and applications over period of time and to load the majority of the files and data needed into memory so that they can be accessed directly and very quickly when needed instead of searching them from the hard disk making it slower due to seek and spin time of the hard disk.
You can safely delete the prefetch files without any risk. Windows manages them automatically by dropping out entries that are old or unused. In order to clean up the Prefetch files, follow the steps mentioned below :-
- Open “Run” from Start Menu.
- Input this code in the command box — Y: / WINDOWS / Prefetch (Where Y is the drive in which you have installed Windows Xp, generally it’s C drive)
- Hit Enter ( On your keyboard… Lol… ).
- A new window will appear.
- Delete all files from that folder ( in the window ).
- Restart you computer.
Thats It ! You are done. Please note that you might experience some slow performance on the first start because Windows has to re-copy all the page files you “cleaned out”, however after that things will be much faster.
UPDATE : For some weird reason wordpress deleted “/” while publishing the post. I have now rectified the error. The command is working perfectly fine now.