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Originally the "Tech Support Pits" were reports of the funniest tech support incidents, but over the years the column gradually shifted to answering tech support questions put forward by the readers of the Dear Webby Humor Letter.

This collection of computer and web advice was started partly because readers demanded an archive, and partly because some questions were asked again and again. Each page has a different day's Tech Support Pits column.

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Tech Support Pits column from Dear Webby's Humor Letter of
03/19/04: Temp Files

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From Dennis=== Dear Webby, As a long time reader of your humor letter, I’ve enjoyed everything from the daily quotations to your apt replies to computer questions, which is why I’m asking you instead of Microsoft. Not to mention that your solution will probably help other readers. While “Spring Cleaning” my overcrowded hard disk, I found that a mysteriously large 15% of its data is in a folder ominously called: “Documents and Settings” with 7.48 GB. Of that the lion’s share is in: “C:\Documents and Settings\Dennis\Local Settings\Temp” (an invisible file, seemingly a warning not to meddle) containing a whopping 6.46 GB in 19,500 files, 146 folders. Surely this is an unreasonable amount of disk space for setting, yet a non-expert hesitates to monkey with something that might upset valued programs, so how to slim down this bloated mess? Thanks for any advice & the daily grins, Dennis Dear Dennis Just open the (files) Explorer (not MSIE), highlight C:\ Right-click it Click on the Disk Cleanup button Let it do it's thing. It will take a few minutes. After that, most of that temp stuff will be gone, and your machine will run a bit faster. I usually do that as the last item of a tune-up. The first item is running Spybot-Search&Destroy. Next I check fragmentation with disKeeper. It keeps things defragmented on it's own, because it runs every time the screensaver kicks in, but I just like to gloat over seeing 0% fragmentation on all drives. After that I do a diskClean. Normally I do a tune-up like that every Saturday night, and once a month I reboot, whether it needs it or not. Have FUN! DearWebby
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