Size of Temporary Internet Files is 5Gb after deleting from IE

Discussion in 'Windows Vista File Management' started by gordonfmoore, Apr 17, 2007.

  1. gordonfmoore

    gordonfmoore Guest

    I have been doing some housekeeping on my vista home premium laptop,
    when I noted that I seemed to be using a huge amount of disk storage
    for which I could not account.

    I traced a huge 5Gb of it to the C:\Users\Gordon\AppData\Local
    \Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files> folder

    I cleaned the folders cache, cookies, etc from ie 7 but the size still
    remains. Of course I can't see anything in this folder with windows
    explorer, even with show all system files turned on, and right
    clicking properties does not reveal any security tab etc.

    I drilled down using an elevated privilege command prompt and found
    three folders there:
    AntiPhishing, Enclosure, FontPage TempDir

    Enclosure seems to be the culprit, but it contains folders with guids
    for names.

    Anyone got any idea what is going on, what these folders are about and
    crucially how can I reclaim my space?

    Thanks for any insights.
    gordonfmoore, Apr 17, 2007
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    Michael Guest

    I 'think' that enclosure files are related to RSS feeds.

    Michael, Apr 17, 2007
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  3. gordonfmoore

    dean-dean Guest

    To see the folders in Explorer, type this in the Run box:
    "C:\Users\Gordon\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet
    When the Explorer window opens, click on Temporary Internet Files in the
    address bar, to go up a folder.

    In C:\Users\(Name)\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files,
    I only have two folders currently, AntiPhishing and Content.IE5. Hazarding
    a guess, since I don't have this folder: an Enclosures folder is sometimes
    used by an RSS reader for downloaded podcasts and/or information thereof.
    dean-dean, Apr 17, 2007
  4. Hi, Gordon.

    In addition to the other comments, you might consider going into Internet
    Explorer and clicking Tools | Internet Options | Advanced. Scroll down to
    the Security heading and check the box to "Empty Temporary Internet Files
    folder when browser is closed".

    R. C. White, CPA
    San Marcos, TX

    Microsoft Windows MVP
    (Running Windows Mail in Vista Ultimate x64)
    R. C. White, MVP, Apr 17, 2007
  5. gordonfmoore

    Gordon Moore Guest

    Excellent. I thought, hold on I don't use rss feeds - never get much
    time to read them, then it struck me. This is the result of the Media
    Center Q application that comes with the Media Center SDK - I think.

    Can anyone suggest what the implications might be if all folders/files
    are deleted? (Assuming the system let's me)

    (I particularly liked the tip on the run box.)
    Gordon Moore, Apr 17, 2007
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    Gordon Moore Guest

    No worries, I deleted the guids anyway and the system rebooted, so I
    emptied the bin.

    Thanks everyone, it's appreciated.

    Oh and my post should have said lets, not let's - doh


    Gordon Moore, Apr 17, 2007
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    dean-dean Guest

    I would use Internet Properties to delete the contents of the Content.IE5
    folder (the cache for IE7), rather than delete the files directly, so that
    IE can keep its index.dat straight). Also avoid deleting any desktop.ini
    files. The AntiPhishing folder is also a function of IE7. Your Q program
    *should* have a means of deleting its cache from within the program, but if
    not, it will probably recreate what it needs if you go ahead and delete the
    files (which, after all, are in a "Temporary" folder...). Again, I wouldn't
    delete the folders themselves, or any desktop.ini's within them, but other
    content in that folder should be okay to get rid of.
    dean-dean, Apr 18, 2007
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