Posted by Larry Hoover on August 15, 2004, at 15:00:58
> > I did the cumulative update of Explorer
> So what version are you up to? And I assume you're on Windows? What version of it?
I don't know what that means, past the 6.0, but it's running under Windows XP.
> > Now, though, the "Go Back" button that Dr. Bob has so thoughtfully provided no longer works. If I do go back, I lose all that I have done, because I get a "page expired" warning, and resetting puts me back at the opening frame of the board.
Thanks for the link, but that's an old problem with Windows 95. I did a google groups search, and the resident geeks suggested a number of settings to check, but they were all just as they were supposed to be. Then I came across a suggestion that the local cache might be overloaded.
Explorer leaves behind a lot of trash files, and until recently, you had to use a third-party program like Window Washer to clear the cache. On my last computer, a search of C: showed that I had less than half my hard-drive allocated to files, yet I had run out of space to open even so much as an email. That's because the allocations for all those junk files still remained, but there was no way to delete them, without using third-party programs. And they didn't show up in a directory search, so you couldn't access them any other way, either.
Anyway, it looks like one of the recent updates changed things. There's a new button in Tools>Internet Options>General tab> Temporary Internet Files> Delete Files> delete local files.... It takes care of those annoying and space consuming junk files. I found it just before I left on vacation, and I deleted over half the total volume of files stored on my computer! (28 gig used before purging, 13 gig used after.) Based on the number of files virus-scanned, I deleted 95% of the total files on my computer! All garbage files.....and now the back button works again.
If you do a lot of surfing, like I do, then be prepared for it to take a couple hours to delete everything. And do a defrag after.
> Does anyone else have any ideas?
> Are you sure you want to stay with IE? :-)
Well, I'll stick with it for now (familiarity), but what other options are there? I really haven't followed what's available these days.