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when cleaning prefetch should i leave layout file?

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i used a batch file to clean my prefetch n rebuild it beofre, but it never seemed to rebuild it EVER. the folder remained blank for weeks, until i ran into other problems n imported an old reg backup to the registry, restoring everything. now it is packed full of shite. i want to clean it but will not use my batch file ...
del C:\Windows\prefetch\layout.ini
del C:\Windows\prefetch\*.pf
Rundll32.exe advapi32.dll,ProcessIdleTasks
...it might be incorrect, and when i had used it my startup took twice as long, which should not b the case.
should i delete the prefetch files by hand, leaving the layout file r should i delete tht too?
r there some prefetch files that i should leave (some i dont recognise)?
thanks if u can help, micky b
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i've seen references to doing both...from my understanding it's best to leave the layout as it's a bit more important than the rest (still not 100% sure why or what it does...but..)...try just modifying the batch to just delete the files..not the layout.ini
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