What Is Prefetch?? -
Taken From Microsoft Website -
"Windows XP monitors the files that are used when the computer starts and when you start applications. By monitoring these files, Windows XP can Prefetch them. Prefetching data is the process whereby data that is expected to be requested is read ahead into the cache. Prefetching boot files and applications decreases the time needed to start Windows XP and start applications."
This information is logged and stored on your hard drive taking up space and requiring a process to be kept running monitoring which applications are being run. This has a performance impact on your PC. Disabling the Prefetch function or at least only enabling it for the Boot Files will allow you to free up some system resources and preserve some disk space.
Installation Instructions -
Windows-XP-Prefetch-Clean-And-Control requires no installation or un-installation and is a standalone application.
Instructions For Use -
Step One - Click the Clean Prefetch Folder Now button to flush the Prefetch Log.
Step Two - Select your Prefetch Settings and click on Set Prefetch Parameters.
Step Three - Reboot