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To resolve this issue, delete all of the files in the Temporary Internet Files folder.
To do this, follow these steps:
1. Start Internet Explorer.
2. On the Tools menu, click Internet Options.
3. Under Temporary Internet files, click Delete Files.
4. When the confirmation message appears, click OK two times.
You can also disable the "autofill" "facility" for typed urls in IE ..which will give you more space in the temp files and in index.dat ...
If you want to kill ( empty) index.dat ..as its a "protected" "in use" file ..you need to either go into the register yourself ..or the hive ..and do it ...
Or get yourself a piece of software that will ..
BTW "evidence eliminator" which claims to do this ..actually doesn't ..so don't waste your money ..there are plenty of freewares that do it properly and one or two that let you ( or me ) read the contents in the clusters before you do erase them ..
And one or two others that will let you ( or me ) read all the "hex" you think you deleted safely ..along with where you went ..what you saw ...what you saved etc ...and they can be put on a floppy and don't need to be installed to be executed ...
This is not to suggest that you personally have anything to hide ...and I am slightly off topic here ..but you'd be amazed at what your machine ( or anyone elses ) can tell me ( or anyone else who knows where and how to look ) what you do or did ..on or off the net ....
I have also seen this happen in IE, the way I have found to progress beyond that is to open Windows Explorer and locate your Temporary Internet Files dir and select all and delete. This does the same as above!
In the "Temporary Internet Files" area click on the settings button. You can use the "Amount of Disk Space to Use" slider to increase the size of your cache.
I've never seem IE crash when deleting temporary internet files but I've seen it take a long long time...
It can also happen when your available free memory drops.
Not all programs release unused memory pages when they should. Over a few hours of use your free memory resources could drop to under 30% free.
I always empty my cache, but did it again for the fun of it and also increased the size of it. No luck.
Tried several of the other things mentioned in the other articles. No luck.
Did get it to work, temporarily, by changing my HTML editor from "Notepad" to "excel" and then changing it back to "Notepad" again. But, it stops working again almost immediately. And it won't work at all if you open up a new browser window.
It is almost like IE can't find the path for Notepad - or at least remember it. Any ideas on how I can let IE know where Notepad is for XP Pro? One of the other articles about this on WebmasterWorld had a link to the WIN NT fix for this - but I couldn't find anything about how to do it for XP Pro.
Oh, I have about 300MB free of memory on my machine (out of 512MB), so that isn't an issue.
Thanks for all the help.
I've mine set to Scite now, just like Opera (except Opera lets you do it as one of the preferences...). This may be what you need here...
I just had a shortcut on my desktop and had tried the empty my cache, remove temporary files etc, time after time but to no avail, sat scratching my head on what had changed, thought it was a virus or MS had changed something, until I removed the shortcut and everything worked again.
I don't remember more details, but I think I fixed it by re-installing IE.
I also see there are a few threads on it too, have a look at those:
Then click on "View Files...". A window will open (after a slight delay) with a list of temporary files. I don't want to delete cookies because I would have to reenter information (like log on name, etc.) in many web sites. I click on the header for size
twice so that the largest files (often over 1 meg) are at the top, and then delete these files.
Then I can use the "View/Source" option again.