.pf type files

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.pf type files

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PF file type 2023-07-24_20h06_01.png
Why can't I delete these entities?

I had a failed or partial XAMPP install a few days ago. I ran and XAMPP uninstall but it filed to get rid of this detritus and a bit more that I was able to delete. I plan to have another go at installing XAMPP and thought I should probably have a clean slate. I'm waiting to reinstall it until I get my external USB HDD installation issues resolved because I want to put all my web page development in one place and removed from my primary (internal) hard drive.
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As the name of the folder C:\Windows\Prefetch suggests, they are so-called prefetch files. They are files used by the Windows operating system; I wouldn't mess with them.
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You could try running ccleaner and telling it to clear "Old Prefetch data". This should be safe, but I have no idea how it defines 'old'
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StuartR wrote:
25 Jul 2023, 08:40
You could try running ccleaner and telling it to clear "Old Prefetch data". This should be safe, but I have no idea how it defines 'old'
In support of Stuart's idea I can add that my Ccleaner settings have that box ticked and I've never had any problems.

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Thank you, Gentlemen.

So, because they are Windows function files, they cannot be deleted.

I tried CCleaner after checking the Old Prefetch Data box with no effect. My guess is that the files aren't yet old enough, being less than a week since they were created.
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