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While surfing the web, browsers collect pages and store them locally for faster repeated access. During time, this collection of locally stored content grows. As this content is also part of Windows' roaming profile, this directory of files has to be synchronized between the local work station (PC or laptop) and the profile server, thus slowing login and logoff processes.

You can reduce the synchronization process, hence speed up domain logon and logoff, by removing locally stored content.

(warning) Removing locally stored files might slow down viewing previously seen pages, but usually by an undistinguishable amount.

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Microsoft Windows Internet Explorer 6

  • Click "Tools > Internet Options", a new window "Internet Options" opens.
  • In the "Temporary Internet Files" area, click "Delete Files...", a new window "Delete Files" opens.
  • Check "Delete all offline content".
  • Click OK.

Changing disk space allowance for temporary internet files

In the "Internet Options" window just opened,

  • in the "Temporary Internet Files" area, click "Settings...".
  • In the "Temporary Internet files folder" area set the "Amount of disk space to use" to an appropriate value.

(info) Allocating more space speeds up surfing, but slows down login and logoff to the domain computer.

Follow this screencast for a demonstration:

Mozilla Firefox 1.5

  • Click "Tools > Options", a new "Options" window opens.
  • Click "Privacy".
  • Click tab "Cache".
  • Click "Clear Cache Now".

Changing disk space allowance for temporary internet files

In the same dialog, you can set the "disk space for the cache" to an appropriate value.

(info) Allocating more space speeds up surfing, but slows down login and logoff to the domain computer.

Follow this screencast for a demonstration: