One of the features introduced in Windows XP is called Prefetch wherein Windows caches the boot files and the most recently used application files so as to make Booting the system faster and load the previously loaded applications faster for the simple reason its been cached.
Windows XP prefetch in my words is a “Good Bad & Ugly” all packed into one. While definite advantage is that the system boot time and previously accessed applications faster, the downside is that the feature can clog the cache in itself with those unused programs and you do not have to wait for Windows loading all those application files which you may not used this time (say used watched DVD on a DVD player software and this morning all you need is to check a few word files).
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