IE7 Web History Not Accessible using History button

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by nickj, Feb 27, 2007.

  1. nickj

    nickj Guest

    Am unable to revisit web pages, except those visited in current IE7 session,
    using the History button. The folder C:\Documents and Settings\**user**\Local
    Settings\Temporary Internet Files has extensive content of visited sites.
    However, the History button shows only local files/documents. Have gone
    through similar threads in this discussion group, and tried all recommended
    fixes, but no change. Thanks !
    nickj, Feb 27, 2007
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  2. you temporary internet files and history do not and are not supposed to

    one lists the websites you've been to - the other contains content that IE
    has cached in order to make your web experience faster.

    If you do not clear out your temporary internet folders - you will have lots
    of random content there. You can tell IE to delete temporary internet
    folders every day. You can also tell the history to be cleared every day
    (setting of "1") which maintains a running 24hr list of websites you've
    visitied. Then the two should match pretty closely.

    Right now, I suspect you have your history setting at "1" day but your
    temporary internet files is not being cleared and is being automatically
    managed by IE.
    Mike Chan [MSFT], Feb 27, 2007
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  3. nickj

    nickj Guest

    Thanks for the reply. No, that is not the problem. I have the History setting
    at 20days. The C:\Documents and Settings\**user**\Local Settings\History
    folder is visible but empty. However, the IE7 History button shows only local
    files/documents. I can access only those "history" websites that can be
    reached using the "back" button [ie current IE7 session sites only].

    nickj, Feb 27, 2007

  4. That's normal. The only thing which you will see in that subdirectory
    e.g. using dir,a in a cmd window, is its Desktop.ini and History.IE5
    subdirectory. Both are normally hidden.

    That's possible but less likely. E.g. visits to pages constructed from frames
    may not show there. Etc.

    That suggests to me that something is inhibiting the addition of files
    and subdirectories to the hidden History.IE5 subdirectory.
    Try running IE without add-ons and if necessary do other clean-boot
    troubleshooting to figure out what would be inhibiting those updates.
    Using ProcMon might provide more clues about where things aren't working,
    especially if you have another system which is working to do comparison
    traces on.

    FYI for a long time the culprit for a similar symptom in IE6 was known
    to be McAfee.

    Good luck

    Robert Aldwinckle
    Robert Aldwinckle, Feb 27, 2007
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