The same yokels who insist on spreading the “clean out your Prefetch folder” BS are now spreading the word that there’s a super-double-secret registry setting in Windows XP called SuperFetch that will slice your boot times dramatically.
No, there isn’t. A commenter asked me about this the other day and I didn’t have an answer. Fortunately, Bink.nu tracked down the real story and posted the details in a terse but accurately headlined story, Inquirer “Superfetch” story is crap:
Mark Russinovich knows as much about the guts of Windows as any living human being. If he says this setting doesn’t exist in Windows XP, you can take it to the bank. (The Superfetch setting will be in the upcoming
Longhorn Windows Vista beta, but that’s a completely different story.) And if you see any Web site that tries to insist that there’s any benefit to cleaning out your Prefetch folder or enabling this latest bogus tweak, you should assume that any other advice they give you is worthless as well.
Welcome, LangaList readers! To read more about why you shouldn’t clean out your Prefetch folder, start with this post and just follow the links.