The issue isn't necessarily the size of the History folder, but possible
corruption of the History files or the index.dat file.
If clearing the History didn't resolve this, I would next recommend deleting
the History folder and allowing Windows to create a new one.
Easy method #1:
Free History Eraser from
can usually delete
the History folder (and the index.dat file) and a new one will be created
when you restart.
Or the History folder can be deleted manually.
The procedure [Windows XP]
Login as another user with administrator privileges, or from the machine's
default administrator account (startup in safe mode.) Make sure that you can
see hidden and system files (Folder Options> View) then delete the affected
History folder from Windows Explorer. It will be at [C:\Documents and
Settings\yourusername\Local Settings\History] Restart the computer.
315222 - A description of the Safe Mode Boot options in Windows XP:
[MS MVP- IE]
"pwresq" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> Thanks for the reply but I don't think that will solve it. I have had
> many weeks kept in History, and never a problem. I did delete some of the
> "past weeks" but that didn't help. Thanks again for the response.
> "Don Varnau" wrote:
> > Hi,
> > I would not be surprised if keeping history for many months has caused
> > problem.
> > Clear the history and see if it starts working properly.
> > "pwresq" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> > news:8843B7B0-BB85-4B5C-BD7A-338552CB490D@microsoft.com...
> > > Well, different spin on lost history. Have IE7, XP Professional, and
> > > access my history for the "past" weeks, but not the current "Today."
> > keep
> > > my history for many months.
> > >
> > > I looked in security issues (use AVG); negative.
> > > I looked in Tools, to verify days to keep History and changed the date
> > > keep hisotry (shorter); still negative.
> > >
> > > Any ideas would be most welcome. Thanks.