Unhide Temporary Internet Files

Home built Abit KV8MAX3
February 2, 2007 at 17:27:06
Specs: Windows XP Professional, AMD 64 3200+ ; / 1GB DDR

I have a program that plays *.flv files (FLash Video) and when it runs you can load files from folders to play. However, when I go to my Temporary Internet Files folder using that, I cannot get there as it is hidden.

I have system folders and files unhidden from the setting in the "Folders View" seting.

When I move to the folder with Explorer and I can see the folder (grayed out as hiddend) and click on it for properties, the "hide" button is greyed out and you cannot uncheck it. So any progarm like my Flash Video Player cannot find the .flv files in it after they have been downloaded there from watching on various websites like "youtube".

Is there a registry tweak or other program that will allow me to change the status of this particular folder so that I can unhide it if I want?

Many thanks!

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#1
February 2, 2007 at 18:00:06

I'm probably wrong but it makes me think that making TIF folder hidden is the sort of thing a virus would do. Long shot but it might be worth running your AV.

DerekW


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#2
February 2, 2007 at 18:19:53

Nope, not a virus thing. Our other computers are the same, even at work. Check your's if you have XP.. should be c:\Document and Settings\"username"\Local Settings and in there is a hidden (gray)folder called "Temporary Internet Files". If you right click on it and select properties, you will see that hidden is checked, but also gray and not an option to unhide as other hidden folders can be.


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#3
February 2, 2007 at 18:23:56

It's a system file and it's not meant to be unhidden. Complain to M$ about it.

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#4
February 2, 2007 at 18:31:17

"c:\Document and Settings\"username"\Local Settings and in there is a hidden (gray)folder called "Temporary Internet Files". If you right click on it and select properties, you will see that hidden is checked, but also gray and not an option to unhide as other hidden folders can be."

Did you try double clicking on it?


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#5
February 2, 2007 at 18:50:08

Re #1. Sorry, my bad. I'm on a W98SE machine (until Monday) and they don't hide them on this.

DerekW


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#6
February 2, 2007 at 19:28:13

Hi Frost
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If you just need to access the Temporary Internet Files as long you have not deleted them, then you can do it this way: Open Disk Cleanup, highlight the line Temporary Internet Files, click on the button "View Files" and there you have all the Temporary Internet File Folders. You can open them one by one, move, copy or delete files just as on any other folder.
Peter

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#7
February 2, 2007 at 23:57:45

Open My Computer.
Click on Tools, then the Folder Options.
Click on the View tab.
Then click your mouse to select the option to Show hidden files and Folders.

I do not see how this will allow your viewer to see the files you require to run.
To open your computer to see all files is not recomended as now you or someone else, can delete of modify and thus cause system problems.
I suggest that you try your experiment and if it does not work then reverse what I have shown you.

WayneB


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#8
February 3, 2007 at 05:15:50

I am on WinXP Pro SP2 and find
C:\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files
as Not hidden and I can view it's contents.

If I look at the Folder's Properties it does show with the hidden attribute with a tick and is greyed out but that is only the folder itself.

If you go to Tools, Folder Options and select to "Show hidden files and folders" along with deselecting "Hide protected operating system files" then you will see them as I do too.

Otherwise, I would suspect a third party application such as Norton Internet Secuity (or another) is hiding it for your protection.

Bryan


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#9
February 3, 2007 at 08:36:57

Wayne: If you look on the first post, paragraph 2 you will see that i have already been to folders options and unchecked the "Hide system folders", and so on. I go to "My Computer" then choose drive C, then go to Documents and Settings and so forth and see all folders hidden as "gray" folders and hidden or system files as "gray" files. So I know where it was (have moved it to another drive since to find it a lot easier) and even there it is still not an option to unhide it.

I can see it and I can see what's in it with explorer. That's not a big deal. What you all may be missing is a program like my "Flash Video Player" that can move from folder to folder and show any *.flv files cannot move to this folder since to "it" it is hidden.

Somewhere in the registry there must be a setting that can change the attribute of this folder so that is is not a hidden system folder. ATTRIB -h -s only works on files, and not folders.


Brian: Norton may be the culprit. I will have to look on some other computer at work to see. Not all the computers at work are connected to the internet and they don't have Norton AntiVirus on there. And, I have already done what you have suggested in paragraph 3 of your last post.

Like I said, Explorer can see them even if they are gray, and go into them, but applications such as my free Flash Video Player cannot.
Vern


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#10
February 3, 2007 at 11:11:01

Hi. I am on a WinXP Home computer and my folder is not grayed out.

One thing I learned a long time ago is that (for some reason - can't remember) to make folder options apply across the whole computer, click on the "My Computer" icon, when the "My Computer" window opens up, go to the top tool bar and click on "tools/folder options/View" and select to show hidden files and folders."

I know you said that you already did this - but, if you didn't do it from the "My Computer" window, that may be why you can't access the folders.


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#11
February 3, 2007 at 11:53:40

AKBessy: Nope, that doesn't work either by going to "My Computer" and clicking on "Tools" and then "Folder Options"

Like I was explaning before, the MS Explorer such as double clicking on various folders from "My Computer" works great and even if they are gray, they can still be seen and opened.

But programs, like "Flash Video Player" that can load files from folders cannot find it as when you move to the upper level folder (the one that contains "Temporary Internet Files") that particular folder is not even an option in this program. You cannot unhide it by looking at it's properties, like you can many of the other hidden folders. It is simply not an option. You can see it there in "properties" but Hidden is checked and all grayed so it is not accessible.

My thinking is that somewhere in the registry is a value of 0 given to this folder for choice of view and if it was a value of 1 it might be an option to hide or unhide it.


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#12
February 3, 2007 at 11:53:45

Show hidden files and folders will not reveal the TIF folder. I agree with soupnasty in post 3 above.


i_XpUser


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#13
February 3, 2007 at 11:58:13

XpUser: you are probably right about this. Now if the TIF folder is used by Internet Explorer 7.0 what about Firefox? Where does it store it's temporary internet files when browsing? Perhaps this folder is not considered part of the system folder and can be unhidden or at least seen. I doubt that they both share the same folder, but I could be mistaken about that. I have both browsers on my computer.


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#14
February 3, 2007 at 12:05:40

The location for cached Firefox web elements is under the \Documents and Settings\[username]\Local Settings\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\[profilename]\Cache directory.

i_XpUser


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#15
February 15, 2007 at 18:04:22

There is only one way where you can see the hidden contains such as when you view video online like .flv files they get stored in to temporary folders which you can access, but you cant see the some files like .flv .wmv the big ones sometime..

I found a way, which need administrator access or different account..
1: Well first you need to remove password from the account u using..
2: second create other account with full admin right
3: now login with the new account and untick the hidden files which you should know by now and show hidden files
4:then go to the Document Setting/previous accounton which you saw videos/Local setting/tempporary internet files/ and here you will see few folders arranged by windows by itself. in these folders find the files that you need, sometime files have no extension..
5: the best way to find files just go into each folder and arrange it by size, like bring the large size files up and then view it using whatever u want....

i hope you got the idea of seeing the hidden files by now.. that's the only way i know, if anyone else know easy way please share it..

Nothing


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#16
March 4, 2007 at 10:55:36

drag(or copy) the Temporary Internet folder to a new location opn your HD and you can view all the files in the temporary internet folder, even hidden ones

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#17
March 8, 2007 at 11:23:07

C:\Documents and Settings\[YourNameHere]\Local Settings\Temporary Internet
Files\Content.IE5
Temporary Internet Files folders are Special Folders, like My Documents, My
Music, My Computer, Recycle Bin, et cetera.  Part of what makes them special
is the GUID or Globally Unique Identifier.  These are found in the registry,
where the GUID is the identifier for the special folder.  They are found
here: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID.  The GUID for Temporary Internet Files is
{7BD29E00-76C1-11CF-9DD0-00A0C9034933}.
Most Temporary Internet Files folders are Hidden and classified as system
files.  They are hidden from Windows Explorer and Search.  The device used
to hide them is the desktop.ini file.  The desktop.ini signals that they are
system files, hidden and if deleted, they are recreated on the next boot.
To find them, you have to discover them by accident or know where to look.
You can modify the desktop.ini file to make Content.IE5 a regular folder.
Desktop.ini for Temporary Internet Files:
desktop.ini
[.ShellClassInfo]
UICLSID={7BD29E00-76C1-11CF-9DD0-00A0C9034933}
The UICLSID line hides the folder in Windows Explorer.
If you delete the desktop.ini then the folders are no longer special and
become visible.  However, they will be recreated at next boot.  You can fool
Windows by editing the desktop.ini leaving only the [.ShellClassInfo] line.
The magic is in the desktop.ini and the attributes in the registry:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{7BD29E00-76C1-11CF-9DD0-00A0C9034933}\ShellFolder
Value Name: Attributes
Data Type: REG_DWORD
Value Data: 20000004
I have no trouble displaying Content.IE5, in fact I have a shortcut on my
Desktop to:
C:\DOCUME~1\WESLEY~1.VOG\LOCALS~1\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5
This article has a way of deleting and recreating the desktop.ini from the
command prompt.
Viewing Content.IE5 Content.MSO and OLK3 Folders
http://tinyurl.com/4ovxl

Pasted from <http://groups.google.com/group/microsoft.public.windowsxp.perform_maintain/browse_thread/thread/7ea8c98536bb29d4/9e01d15e1cb4df61%239e01d15e1cb4df61?sa=X&oi=groupsr&start=1&num=3>



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