Can't change Temporary Internet Files location in Vista

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by Milhouse Van Houten, Jan 17, 2008.

  1. I'm having the problem described in this thread, which doesn't solve the
    problem before it spins off-topic:

    Basically, I noticed that TIF started appearing in %temp% for no apparent
    reason (\Users\profilename\AppData\Local\Temp). In that directory, I have
    Cookies, History, Low, and TIF. I don't want any of them there.

    So I looked in Internet Options and found that indeed that's the "Current
    location" -- YET, when I click "View files" it opens the correct location:
    \Users\profilename\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files.

    That's contradictory in my estimation, but there are TIF in that location,
    too. I recall this "dual location" problem in XP on another machine, too,
    going back to IE6, so it's not new. Anyway, what is new is that I can't use
    "Move folder" to get IE to use the correct location exclusively. When I use
    it to point to the right location, just like in the post, it says fine, asks
    to log off/in, but it changes nothing. Running IE as Admin (thus taking it
    out of Protected Mode) doesn't help.

    The "Cache" item in both these areas of the Registry is correct:
    Shell Folders

    I'm using Vista Ultimate with all updates (excluding SP1). UAC is on and IE7
    runs in Protected Mode.
    Milhouse Van Houten, Jan 17, 2008
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  2. Milhouse Van Houten

    Don Varnau Guest

    Can you, from Windows Explorer, move or copy the TIF folder at
    Users\profilename\AppData\Local\Temp to another location?

    If TIF, Cookies and History also exist in the default location, you should
    be able to delete the extras in %Temp% I would want to back them up first-
    just in case.

    [MS MVP- IE]
    Don Varnau, Jan 17, 2008
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  3. Yes, I can, or I can just delete them for that matter, but since IE is set
    to that (wrong) location in Internet Options, new files will just appear
    there the next time I use IE. I think I'll have to identify where IE
    maintains that location in the Registry. It's not one of the two Registry
    areas I already identified.

    Milhouse Van Houten, Jan 18, 2008
  4. I'm close to putting out a bounty for the location of where IE's "Current
    location" TIF path is stored. I've scoured the Registry for that path, and
    it doesn't exist, at least in any obvious form. Yet it's hooked into
    explorer.exe for sure, since the only way I can delete all the IE files in
    (\Users\profilename\AppData\Local\Temp) is to kill explorer.exe (and the
    instant it's run again, the directories are recreated). If it's not stored
    in the Registry, I haven't the slightest idea where other than in an IE
    configuration file, but I wasn't aware that it had one.

    Of course, I would change it in the interface if I was allowed.

    Milhouse Van Houten, Jan 18, 2008
  5. Milhouse Van Houten

    Don Varnau Guest

    Are you running Norton 360, Internet Security or System Works?

    If you delete or move it, is the non-standard TIF folder recreated when
    starting up in Safe Mode?

    [MS MVP- IE]
    Don Varnau, Jan 18, 2008
  6. Funny you mention Safe Mode, since I intended to try it today anyway. It
    made no difference, however, IE was still insistent on the alternative
    location for TIF and refused to be set to the correct location, even when
    "View files" shows the correct folder already. It's truly puzzling why it
    does this for some people.

    No, I haven't used Norton anything for about 3 years now, when I wised up.
    No software firewall at all. I just use NOD 32 2.x, the program component of
    which hasn't been updated in months (and which doesn't run in Safe Mode

    Milhouse Van Houten, Jan 18, 2008
  7. Milhouse Van Houten

    Don Varnau Guest

    Sorry, I'm out of ideas.

    [MS MVP- IE]

    Don Varnau, Jan 19, 2008
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