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Recreating corrupt Internet Explorer data folders

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Shut down all programmes and boot into dos if you are using Windows 95 or 98. If using Windows ME use an appropriate disc to access DOS. Run the following commands from the windows directory, typically c:\windows\>

smartdrv (note: always run this command first)
deltree history (note: use this command to delete the History folder)
deltree tempor~1 (note: use this command to delete the IE cache)
deltree cookies (note: use this command to delete the Cookies folder)
deltree favori~1 (note: use this command to delete the Favorites folder)

Reboot using ctrl, alt, del if using Windows 95 or 98. If using WindowsME remember to remove the boot floppy.

Windows 2000 users will have to log in as Administrator to be able to delete the folders in question directly from within Windows Explorer. Windows XP users will use the same procedure.

NOTE: Different operating systems use different paths to the history, temporary internet files and cookies folders. Check your system to make sure that you are using the correct path for your machine. For example, you may find your folders are located at ...\documents and settings\{identity}\{dir} or similar.