Solved download or save flv videos in windows 7

April 6, 2011 at 10:37:22
Specs: Windows 7
How do i download or save flv videos in windows 7? In XP I could find Internet Explorer's cache of temporary internet files just viewed (e.g., from YouTube) on my PC, but not in Windows 7.

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April 7, 2011 at 10:08:00
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True, and thanks. Yes, I know there are FLV downloaders and add-ons. And I've heard that Firefox and Chrome are easier to use for this purpose. There is a major article about this at

Still I wonder where Windows 7 is putting the temporary download of the YouTube video. With Windows XP you could look in "temporary internet files" and see things like fla***.tmp (a temp download of the buffered FLV data, I suppose), and an MP4 file (YouTube started using those; not sure how that works with the Flash Player that is helping IE). The point is, the vids are being stored, but they want you to think they need to be streamed again to be seen again.

Windows 7 goes out of its way to hide the location of the temporary video file from you. Or is it YouTube that is doing that? At another video site, if you are a registered member, you can click a button in their web page to download the FLV you just watched. That operation is so quick that I believe they are saving it from a temp location on your PC, and not resending it.

lurker46 (new forum member and, unfortunately, new Windows 7 user)

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April 26, 2011 at 10:10:01
I realize now that I was asking four questions:

1. Where are the TIFs (temporary internet files) in Windows 7 with IE8?
ANSWER: Do IE - Tools - Internet Options - General tab and look under Browsing History - Settings for the path to the TIFs.

2. How can I explore and copy files from that stuff?
ANSWER: Change the settings of Windows Explorer (Organize - Folder & Search Options - View), turning on "Show hidden files, folders and drives", and turning off "Hide extensions for known file types" and "Hide protected operating system files". Then use Windows Explorer to look at these locations: C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\ and C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Low\ . Typically the TIFs of various types will be "below" these folders in the Content.IE5 folder.

3. Will I see recently viewed YouTube videos among the TIFs, like with Windows XP?
ANSWER: No, I didn't see any vids or vids data files, just icon files and such. Microsoft has gone to extra lengths to hide from us certain things that flow to our PCs through IE.

4. Aside from using an FLV downloader, how can I download from You Tube and other FLV-streaming sites?
ANSWER: KeepVid will find a video on YouTube's server and queue it up for a file transfer to you.

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