Vista Business (SP2) IE 7 and "Temporary Internet File" (NOT files)

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by John, May 31, 2009.

  1. John

    John Guest

    Could someone tell me what this folder is all about. It's located here:

    This is NOT the Temporary Internet FileS folder (with the s) but rather the
    Temporary Internet File folder. It is hidden and even with admin rights I
    can't change it. What is is hiding? CCleaner seems to get inside of it.
    John, May 31, 2009
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  2. If you enable 'Show Hidden Files and Folders," what subfolders might it


    e.g., C:\Users\<UserName>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet

    How long have you been running Vista? By any chance have you changed the
    location of your or any other User Account's Temporary Internet Files*s*
    [plural] folder from the default?
    PA Bear [MS MVP], May 31, 2009
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  3. John

    John Guest

    Thank you for your reply.

    I always have Show Hidden Files and Folders enabled... that's the curious
    part. According to CCleaner this file,
    C:\Users\<UserName>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet
    File\Low\Content.IE5\index.dat exists there. I can't even take ownership of
    the parent folder (Temp IE File). I may try all this as the Real
    Administrator and see what happens.

    John, May 31, 2009
  4. What you're seeing is Vista's version of the "smoke & mirrors" character of
    Temporary Internet Files, per UAC (User Account Control), PMIE (IE Protected
    Mode), and UIPI (User Interface Privilege Isolation); i.e., Low-privilege
    files & folders. Don't worry about it.


    Tip: Get yourself a copy of Windows Vista Security (Roger A. Grimes, Jesper
    M. Johansson) and read it cover to cover.

    cf. Preview:,M1

    You're not in WinXP Land anymore! <wink>

    PS: Try hanging out in this newsgroup till you get the hand of things:

    PA Bear [MS MVP], May 31, 2009
  5. John

    John Guest

    So CCleaner can see something that I can't? Somehow it doesn't seem logical
    that a piece of software can see folders that I can't even take ownership
    of. You say don't worry. I wouldn't if I could see what's in those folders.
    That's not an unreasonable request, do you think?

    John, Jun 1, 2009
  6. "Seeing" something and "detecting" something isn't exactly the same thing,
    John. What we're discussing here is part and parcel of the Windows 6.x OS &
    it's not easy to explain in 25 words or less. I understand maybe 10% of it
    myself. What I do understand, I learned from reading the references I cited
    earlier. Again, the Vista Security newsgroup is a much better place to ask
    these questions, believe me.
    PA Bear [MS MVP], Jun 1, 2009
  7. John

    John Guest

    Thank you for your help. I appreciate it. I'll keep reading too.

    John, Jun 1, 2009
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