Temp. IE Files Deleted, Few Moved to Legacy Path

Discussion in 'Microsoft Windows 2000 Registry' started by Guest, Dec 8, 2005.

  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Last week, when I started one of my Windows 2000 Pro O/S's, it took a whole
    minute for the Desktop icons to appear.

    I checked and everything is OK, but I found that the free space on that
    drive C: increased by ~ 1.5 GB!

    I feared for the drive health and backed it up. Then I compared that
    backup.log with the preceding backup.log, and it turned out that the
    Temporary Internet Files, Cookies and History folders were deleted from the
    %USERPROFILE%. (I never deleted them before.)

    Also, to my surprise, new Temporary Internet Files, Cookies and History
    folders were created and slightly populated under %SystemRoot% directory!
    These are legacy paths that belong to windows 9X and NT era, not to Windows
    2000.

    I searched the Windows 2000 Registry and found that these legacy paths do
    appear in these Keys:

    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet
    Settings\Cache\Special Paths\Cookies

    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Url History

    So, I ask:

    Is it a normal behavior for Windows 2000 to "vomit" a huge amount of Temp.
    IE Files and Cookies when its belly is too full, without user's intervention?

    What is the purpose of the legacy paths %SystemRoot%\Cookies and
    %SystemRoot%\History in the Windows 2000 Registry keys?

    Are the newly created Temporary Internet Files, Cookies and History folders
    under %SystemRoot% related in any way to the a/m Registry keys in Windows
    2000? Otherwise, why were they created?

    Please advise.
     
    Guest, Dec 8, 2005
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