1 - Optional: Check out where these secret files are in your current account
My Computer-->C-->Documents and Settings-->(your account name)-->Local Settings-->Temporary
Now there's a folder there you can't see, but can access by adding \Content.IE5 in the address
bar so it looks like
C:\Documents and Settings\(your account name)\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5
Now you can see some secret folders and a file we're interested in, called index.dat.
Right click on this file and choose
open with-->choose program
and find a simple text editor such as notepad or wordpad. Now you can see all the webpages you visited
lately. There are at least 4 more index.dat files to be found elsewhere, but for now try to delete
this file ... try as you might - you won't be able to delete either this file or the contents within.
To do that we need a more elaborate procedure ...
2 - Create a new Password-protected Administrative account
First you need to create another user account as administrator (even if you're currently using
an administrator account). To do this, go to
Start-->Control panel-->User Accounts
Click Create a new account. Type in a suitable name, such as SamAsAdministrator, make sure
to tick Computer Administrator. Once created, click on the newly created icon and choose
Create a Password. Just do what you're asked to do, being the good catholic you are, and
make sure you can remember it.
3 - Log into your newly created account and set some settings
Log out of your current account (the account in which you want to delete the secret files), and
switch to your newly created account (you'll need to enter your password).
First thing you do is to make these secret files visible, i.e. enable Show Hidden files and Folders
and disable Hide Protected Operating System Files in
My Computer-->Tools-->Folder Options-->view-->files and folders-->hidden files
In this new administrator account you can access the files of the user from which you just logged
My Computer-->C-->Documents and Settings-->(your OLD account name)
By OLD account I mean the account from which you want to delete the secret files. The index.dat
files which you want to delete are at the following locations:
C:\Documents and Settings\(your OLD account name)\Cookies\index.dat
C:\Documents and Settings\(your OLD account name)\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5
C:\Documents and Settings\(your OLD account name)\Local Settings\History\History.IE5
+ The 2 folders in History.IE5 also contain index.dat files.
Do as you did before: Open each file with notepad, delete its contents, and this time you will find
that you are able to save the changes.