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Hidden Files in XP

By Mmind ·
I know that in windows 95, 98, and ME you can access very well hidden files on your computer that store records of sites you've visted, even if you cleared you history and some other things, I haven't been able to find the same thing on XP does anyone know how to access them?

Heres an example of what I mean:

In a dos promt type this in:


You will be brought to a blue screen with a bunch of binary.

Press and hold the [Page Down] button until you start seeing lists of URLs. These are all the sites that you've ever visited as well as a brief description of each. You'll notice it records everything you've searched for in a search engine in plain text, in addition to the URL.


Another less important one would be the fact that windows keeps some cache files even after you tell it to erase them:

1) In DOS type:
c:\windows\explorer /e,c:\windows\tempor~1\content.ie5\
You see all those alphanumeric nameslisted under "content.ie5?" These are your alphanumeric folders that was created to keep your cache. Write these names down.

2) Then you must restart in MS-DOS mode. (ME users use a bootdisk.)

Note that you must restart to DOS because windows has locked down some of the files and they can only be accessed in real DOS mode.

3) Type this in at prompt:

CD %alphanumeric%

A note about these files: These are your cache files that help speed up your internet browsing. It is quite normal to use this cache system, as every major browser does. On the other hand. It isn't normal for some cache files to be left behind after you have instructed your browser to erase it.


If theres anything like this in XP can someone give em a headsup on how to access it?

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Different location

by TheChas In reply to Hidden Files in XP

All of the files you are looking for are still there.

XP simply stores them in a different location.

C:\Documents and Settings\User name

Look through the folders (with show all files enabled) and you will find them all.


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