Change the default location of temporary download location

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by philipj, Apr 13, 2007.

  1. philipj

    philipj Guest

    Is it possibly to change the default location of where files are downloaded
    to when you click on a downloadable link and then just select open. The
    default behaviour is to just download these files to something like:

    C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Local Settings\Temporary Internet

    However, it has happened that someone that did not realize that this is
    where the file is download to, (i.e. they thought it was safe and went on to
    modify it) was subsequently deleted when the temp folder became full.

    I thought that the registry value should control this location:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Download Directory

    however, this value seems to be ignored.

    It would be very useful to have some separation between generally cached
    Internet files and specifically downloaded files, as the backup service that
    I subscribe to does not allow backups from this location, which I can
    understand as it would end up backing up every cached page that was visited.

    Any advice appreciated.


    Philip Murphy
    philipj, Apr 13, 2007
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    philipj Guest


    Thanks for the reply. I know where the files are been saved and that I can
    just change the location manually to a different location. However, this is
    not my enquiry.

    My question is, (not to be smart) but to restate, is it possible to specify
    the default location of where downloaded files will be saved when the user
    presses the Open button on the 'File Download' dialog of Internet Explorer?

    Both saving a file (to a specific location) and editing it, and just opening
    it (which will save it to a temporary location) and editing it, is really the
    same thing in terms of security. Unless you know the source of the file you
    cannot be guaranteed of its integrity i.e. opening a file is always a risk
    unless you can trust the person that provided it to you.


    Philip Murphy
    philipj, Apr 13, 2007
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    Gistcheckin Guest

    Gistcheckin, Apr 14, 2007
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    philipj Guest

    Thanks for the answer Kai.



    philipj, Apr 14, 2007
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    philipj Guest

    Thanks, but this setting controls the Save/Save As location when downloading
    files, but not the location when you select the Open button on the File
    Download dialog.
    philipj, Apr 14, 2007
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