Solved How to view Temporary Internet Files -- unusual situation

September 29, 2015 at 23:14:07
Specs: Win 7
I used to be able to view my Temporary Internet Files in Windows,
using the button in Internet Options.

Several years ago I moved the Temporary Internet Files folder to
a separate physical drive in the computer. A few months ago I
switched from using Internet Explorer 8 (comes with Win 7) to
Internet Explorer 10.

Somewhere along the way -- possibly as early as when I moved
the cache, or possibly as recently as when I started using IE 10 --
I lost the ability to view most of the cached files. Now all I see are
favicons and a couple of JavaScript files. I can also see those by
going to the Temporary Internet Files folder via Windows Explorer.

I can view everything in Temporary Internet Files with Ubuntu, but
I'd like to be able to do it again in Windows. Any clue?

Windows 7 64-bit with SP1
IE 10 32-bit
Protected Mode is enabled in Internet and restricted zones
(There are no intranet or Trusted Sites)
Show hidden files, folders, and drives is selected
Hide protected operating system files is cleared

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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September 29, 2015 at 23:26:02
Wow - you actually still use Internet Explorer - - how quaint.

See if this techy article from MSDN helps:

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September 30, 2015 at 06:49:22
"how quaint"

Matter of opinion. I use alternative browsers mostly but there are certain things that IE can do better. For starters you can put links to programs in the Favorites bar, something no other browser can do. It is also necessary for Windows Updates.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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September 30, 2015 at 18:05:13
✔ Best Answer
Personally, I don't want any internet garbage building up on my system. I don't use IE often but I have "days in history" set to zero & have the box checked for "delete browsing history on exit", plus I run CCleaner several times per day. I also wouldn't even consider running IE8, 9, or 10. If you're going to run IE, it should be IE11.

Anyhow, the default location for history files is C:\Users\<Username>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\History but to be able to view it, you must have "hide protected operating system files" unchecked.

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October 24, 2015 at 18:42:03
riider's post got marked as "best answer", but it
didn't solve my problem.

I knew where History is stored, but I was trying to view
Temporary Internet Files, not History.

As I said in the original post, I already had "Hide protected
operating system files" unchecked.

What *seems* to have caused the problem was using the
button in Internet Options to view Temporary Internet Files.
It diidn't work, and after clicking that button I couldn't see
the folders inside Temporary Internet Files with Windows
Explorer anymore. After running CCleaner and restarting
the computer I can again see Temporary Internet Files, but
I'm not sure exactly what I did that worked, which is why I
didn't report what happened or select a best answer.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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