Content.IE5 - what's the story?

September 5, 2005 at 07:01:34
Specs: XP Home + SP1, Athlon AMD 1800, 512MB

I've been trying to unravel a mystery (concerning embedded MP3 and WMA files in PowerPoint and Word docs, but that's another story). In the course of that I stumbled across this puzzle. One application I was using (my music player) referred me to a file that was in a folder like this:

C:\Documents and Settings\Terry Pinnell\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\083A8GIF

I tried to use Windows Explorer to find that but was surprised that I couldn't do so. I gather these 'Content.IE5' folders are hidden. But why? (I can view all other hidden/system files I think.) And how would I find the files they contain?

Terry, West Sussex, UK

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September 5, 2005 at 08:18:49

You should be able to see the content.IE5 folder. Check whether you've enabled viewing of hidden folders - In Windows Explorer: Tools/folder-options/view/show all files..

"I know that I'm mad - I've always been mad..."

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September 5, 2005 at 12:19:21

Thanks, but Yes I have enabled that (hence my comment about seeing all other 'Hidden' files) and No, I cannot see Content.IE5 folders (hence my post).

Terry, West Sussex, UK

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September 5, 2005 at 15:24:59

Some hidden files seem to be more hidden than others.

Try doing a SEARCH for 083A8GIF.

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September 5, 2005 at 15:36:52


In 'Explorer' (detail view) it will be shown. If you're doing a search. Right-click the "Temporary Internet Files" folder, and search for *.* It will be shown that way also.

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September 6, 2005 at 00:15:03

Thanks, but mine evade that too!

Thanks, but no, that doesn't work.

The only way I've found to see these is to use Start>Run and type:
C:\Documents and Settings\Terry Pinnell\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5

Here's a screenshot showing both Content.IE5 obtained as above, and the 'normal' view of TIF:


You can't see, but there are *no* subfolders in the latter. Almost all seem to be Cookies.

Also, ETO36HQ9 just contains one file (an unimportant JPG I haven't used for a couple of days!) and the other subfolder is empty.

And, to add another aspect of the puzzle, those screenshots were taken immediately after opening IE6 and using Tools>Internet Options an deleting all files *and* all offline files!

Before emptying TIF, there were about 8 subfolders; I didn't check all their contents, but they were an odd mix of stuff. Most of it didn't look worthy of secret hiding!

All very strange...

Terry, West Sussex, UK

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September 6, 2005 at 00:18:11

Not sure why, but that Image I tried to include didn't work...

Just tried re-composing it with a URL instead
but that doesn't work either.

Doesn't this forum support images or uploads?

Terry, West Sussex, UK

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September 6, 2005 at 11:31:53


Last question first, ok. You can use html to insert an image, at any place in your response. { img src="" } Or use the "Image URL:" box to insert it. Just the complete address, and with NO tags. Now that's out of the way. Back to the origin....Whoops, forgot to say! Even if you insert an image, in your response and/or question. Doesn't mean, people will see it. It all depends if they have 'Images On', in their preferences.
{My Computing.Net}

Now, back to the original dilemma

Ok Terry, if you right-click your/the Temporary Internet Files (folder). Then click "Explore". By chance, in the left-hand side, do you see the 'Content.IE5' folder?

Yet, another way! In your pic/image, you show having your Temporary Internet Files folder open. {Old Pic} Do that again, but this time when it's open click the "Folders" (button). Now, does that 'Content.IE5' folder appear again, on the left-hand side?

Yes, Terry, very strange indeed.


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September 7, 2005 at 12:27:43

Thanks. No, none of those methods lifts the kimono here! The Start>Run route is the only one that works.

I've just tried out the URL box image insertion technique to make sure I now have it right. OK, works fine, many thanks. Just means the image will always be at the end of the message.

The HTML method is rather unusual (most other forums seem to work with the simple tags I tried before), but I just tried it and that works fine too, with advantage that you can insert in middle of message.

Hmm - now how do I get rid of that URL box image before posting?

Terry, West Sussex, UK

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September 24, 2005 at 10:43:28

Hey i had the same problem but got it fixed. Even worse i couldnt open files i had directly downloaded from Internet Explorer (ie instead of saving a file to a location i chose to 'Open' it instead, effectively saving it to Temp Internet Files).

Restart your computer in safe mode. As you were doing under run type in

C:\Documents and Settings\Terry Pinnell\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5

Now nuke the index.dat file. Restart your computer and all should be fine. You wont be able to delete the file in normal mode because it will tell you the file is in use.

Microsoft offer a similar solution for a similar problem...;EN-US;Q306837

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September 30, 2005 at 19:28:18

Terry, I'm having the same issue as you and I got it resolved through the directions found in this link. Apparently, super hidden folders like OLK exist (and they did on my computer) that you can't normally access through explorer. At Start menu, run, and type in %temp%

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