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After the installation of Office 2000 or Office XP, a number of temporary files (TEMP Files) with 0KB are created in the folder of Windows. Why?

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After the installation of Office 2000 or Office XP, a number of temporary files (TEMP Files) with 0KB are created in the folder of Windows. Why?

This symptom occurs when the programs called [Machine Debug Manager] (MDM.EXE) of "Office 2000" and [MDM7] (MDM.EXE) of "Office XP" have been installed.

[MDM.EXE] creates the following temporary file in the folder of Window whenever Windows starts.
"ffc ofa69-{BDCD87ED-1CBE-11D3-8829-00004CCDCC3D}.TEMP"
This temporary file that is created cannot be deleted automatically. Therefore, if you repeat the startup of Windows, many temporary files will be accumulated in the folder of Window. However, since the files created by [MDM.EXE] consume 0 byte, they do not affect the use of the system.

# What is [MDM.EXE]?
[MDM.EXE] debugs scripts. E.g. If Runtime Error occurs during the browsing of a HTML file including scripts with "Internet Explorer", this debugging function finds the occurring place of the error within scripts

If the [MDM.EXE] function is not required, there is a way to avoid this symptom.
Using the following procedure, do not install [MDM.EXE] at the time of the installation of "Office" or uninstall it after the installation of "Office".

--Procedure--
# If you are going to install "Office" now
Select [Custom] ([Customize] in the case of Office 2000) during the installation of "Office" and do not install [Web Scripting] from [Office Tool]-[HTML Source Editing].
* When you select [Install Now] or [Update Now], [MDM.EXE] will not be installed as the installation of "Office" is done in accordance with the initial configuration.

# If [MDM.EXE] is already installed
Even if you uninstall the [Web Scripting] function of "Office" from [Add/Remove Programs], [MDM.EXE] cannot be uninstalled as it is a shared component.
Use the following procedure to prevent the creation of temporary files.

--Procedure--
1) Click [Start], go to [Settings], and then click [Control Panel].

2) Double-click [Add/Remove Programs].

3) Click [Microsoft Office 2000] or [Microsoft Office XP] from the [Install/Uninstall] list, and then click the [Add/Remove] button.

4) Click the [Add or Remove Features] button. In the case of [Office XP], click the [Next] button.

5) Click [Office Tool], [HTML Source Editing], [Web Scripting], and then click [Not Available].

6) Click the [Update Now] button in the case of [Office 2000] (and the [Update] button in the case of [Office XP]) to uninstall the [Web Scripting] function.

7) Press the [Ctrl], [Alt] and [Delete] keys simultaneously to open the [Close Program] window.

8) Click [MDM] from the list, and then click the [End Task] button. If [MDM] does not respond, the [MDM] window may open sometimes. When the [MDM] window opens, click the [End Task] button in the window.

9) Click [Start], go to [Find] ([Search] in the case of Windows Me), and then click [Files or Folders].

10) Enter MDM.EXE (without parenthesis) in the [Named:] text box ([Search for Files and Folders] in the case of Windows Me), select [Local Disk (C:)] in [Look in:] and click the [Find Now] button ([Search Now] in the case of Windows Me).

11) Delete the searched [MDM.EXE].

12) Restart the computer.