What is the USER dat File for in WINDOWS Folder?

  BibleGuru 22:38 02 Dec 2003

In my WINDOWS Folder there is a Dat File called USER, what is it for? Also, what happens if it is deleted? Can it be deleted?

  VoG II 22:41 02 Dec 2003

Holds info on where you've been on the net. Cleanup! click here can delete it but it will be back the next time you use the net.

  Jester2K II 22:53 02 Dec 2003

er.... INDEX.DAT holds info on where you've been on the net.

USER.DAT is a registry file. Delete or edit it and you'll wish you hadn't.....

  Jester2K II 22:53 02 Dec 2003
  VoG II 22:57 02 Dec 2003

OOps - wrong file. Blame Dr Gordons. Sorry and thanks Jester 2K II.

  woodchip 22:58 02 Dec 2003

Yep do not delete at least not in Win98 it contains all you settings for desktop and computer just had a look at the file in Hexadecimal

  BibleGuru 23:02 02 Dec 2003

Thanks Jester - I almost deleted the USER file!!!!!!!
Incidentally, what's the URL for that you quoted?

VoG: is the CLEANUP utility still useful to me?

  Jester2K II 23:04 02 Dec 2003

Hove the mouse over the click here to see the URL or click it and read it from the top of the page.

(i think thats what you wanted)

  VoG II 23:05 02 Dec 2003

Yes the Cleanup! utility is still useful but be careful. It will delete all your cookies including those needed for banks etc. Just make a backup using (in IE) File/Import and Export and follow the Wizard.

  BibleGuru 23:09 02 Dec 2003

Jester: how does the URL you quoted relate to my question? I'm missing something here. :-(

  Jester2K II 07:46 03 Dec 2003

Read the page - it says

"Your Windows 95 registry consist of two files called System.dat and User.dat."

It tells you the answer to your question!

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