Important Windows Commands


Go back to your shanties.
May 25, 2005
I had a question and thought I'd turn it into a thread for important Windows commands and such.

But I need someone to remind me how to clear my cache. Thanks. :)


Registered User
Mar 14, 2005
flush it down the toilet, fuck your mother, and buy a mac


Wackbag Staff
Aug 14, 2000
Why do you have to clear your cache?

right click Internet Explorer Icon and look at properties

checkout ccleaner

Little Chuckie

Registered User
Jul 21, 2005
once those FBI agents are knocking on the door its too late.


Wackbagger, Geek, Administrator
Wackbag Staff
Nov 18, 2004
Long Island, NY
I love Sarah Lane

Sarah's Windows Tweak: Delete Hidden Surfing Tracks

Clear index.dat files manually in Windows XP.

By Sarah Lane

Even if you regularly clear your Internet History, Temp files, and cookies to keep ordinary snoops at bay, you're overlooking a very important detail: index.dat files. These hidden files contain information about your IE surfing history and your Outlook activity. On tonight's 'Savers, I'll tell you a simple way to uncover and clear 'em out manually.

Microsoft claims index.dat files cache webpages you visit to help speed up the loading time in Internet Explorer. A lot of folks disagree, and there are a few conspiracy theories floating around about what index.dat files are really for. I'm not really worried because I know an easy way to get rid of them.

Come out, come out wherever you are!

Index.dat files aren't only hidden, they're system files. Even if you select to show hidden files in your folder options, they remain unseen. To track down index.dat files, you need to know where to look.

File names and locations depend on which version of Internet Explorer you have. Assuming you run IE 4.0 or above, the file names will be "index.dat."

In WinXP, here's where you'll usually find them.

C:\Documents and Settings\username\cookies
C:\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\History
C:\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files

Clean house

I like to think we all learn more about Windows each time we get our hands dirty, and you'll have an easier time clearing out index.dat files manually than downloading a third-party program to do it for you.

Restart your computer in Safe Mode with Command Prompt. (Press F8 on startup and choose Safe Mode With Command Prompt.)

Log on as administrator. Enter your password.

Once you reach the command prompt, type "CD\" (no quotes) and hit Enter to get to your root directory.

Type "del index.dat /s" (no quotes) and hit Enter to erase all files named index.dat on your computer.

Type "shutdown -r" (no quotes) to restart your computer normally.

Your index.dat files will return once Windows boots up normally again, but they'll be empty! Have fun hiding your dirty little secrets.


Registered User
Mar 14, 2005
As far as I know yes.

When you tell FF to clear your cache, it actually does.
that's what I thought, but I'm just a Canadian Beekeeper, so what do I know