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Microsoft’s Really Hidden Files

This little tutorial is to show others with Windows XP, how to locate the files Microsoft has gathered about you.

Before you begin:

Please ensure that you have done the following:
You are logged on as Administrator (or the first user created during setup)
You have set the XP theme to Classic (might work otherwise, didn’t test)

1. double click My Computer
2. double click your primary drive (i.e. C )
3. click Tools on the menu
4. select Folder Options
5. select View
6. make sure Show Hidden files and folders is Selected
7. Uncheck the box next to Hide protected operating system files(Recommended)
8. click Apply
9. Click OK
10. double click Documents and Settings
11. Double click desired User (you can do this for each individual user, each has their own cache)
12. Double click Local Settings
13. Double Click Temporary Internet Files
14. Highlight the Address in the Address bar, copy it, put it in a text editor (notepad)

This next part is a little tricky. You will need to open a Command prompt, click Start, Run, type Command, Press OK
You need to get dos to the same folder you browsed to, but in order to do that, you must Truncate the address so that Dos can understand it. For example, if my nick was pothead, it would look like this:
or if it were winbitazz it would look like this:
Anything over 8 chars is truncated with a ~1, (this of course means that anything over 8 chars will have the first six chars showing followed by a ‘~1’ makeing up 8 chars, for example georgecarlin.txt would be truncated to george~1.txt> Its called 8.3 filenameing system.) you may have to play with it a few minutes as not all systems and usernames are the same, sorry

15. Type: Edit desktop.ini
16. Once desktop.ini opens, push the down arrow once, putting your cursor on the second line. Put a minus sign at the beginning of this line. Also add a minus sign immediately after the =
17. Click File, Save
18. Click back to your Windows Explorer
19. Hit the Back button
20. double click Temporary Internet Files (Yes I know, you were just there)
21. A new folder should have appeared, Content.IE5. double click it
22. Explore all the files, and see what Microsoft has been collecting about you

Scary, is it not?


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