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Dell Dimension 2400 desktop
August 18, 2011 at 23:10:18
Specs: Windows XP, 2.66/ 1Gb
I am running windows xp pro with ie 8 and in my documents and settings, my name, local settings there is the temporary internet folder and within this there is another temporary internet folder along with a contents ie.
the other accounts on the computer olnly have one temporary internet folder in their local setting folder.
I have logged on as administrator and removed both of my temporary internet folders but when logging back on as myself both folders re-appear. My question is why?

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#1
August 18, 2011 at 23:40:22
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All data from websites is stored there, for example when you access a site or log in. Without that folder you might not be able to see any websites.
It is made by any internet browser (e.g Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc.).

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#2
August 19, 2011 at 05:03:29
Hi IROC-Z
I am aware what the folder is for, my question is " why is there a Temporary Internet Files folder inside the Temporary Internet Files in my account and not in the other accounts on the computer."

When I log in as administrator I can delete these but when logging back into my account it again creates the same file structure one inside another.


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#3
August 19, 2011 at 17:44:52
I don't know the reason for this and doubt anyone else will. This is because you are working in an area where MS shows you "what it thinks you would like to see", in conjunction with registry entries. If you look in that same place with a Linux Live CD
(no Windows running) you will find it is not the same. Viewed from within Windows XP the inner duplicated TIF folder is abnormal.

It follows that it is not a place where you can just delete folders in the normal way and expect to predict the results. Windows has now got a tad screwed and now (wrongly) sees these duplicated TIF folders as correct.

Have you tried CCleaner freebie to see if that sorts it out? Long shot but it does clear TIF's and reconstruct the Index.dat file.

Creating a new account is another possible way forward, but has drawbacks.

If you can do a System Restore to a time before you worked on it, that would be the best and safest bet.

If you like tinkering then maybe moving the TIF folder from within IE might sort it out, possibly deleting the inner folder first. Go to IE > Tools > Internet Options > Settings button (in Browsing history area) > Move folder button. It might not work but letting Windows do as much as possible has the best chance, because in this area things are not as straightforward as they might appear to be.

[I see Firefox was mentioned in #1 but their website information is stored elsewhere]

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#4
August 20, 2011 at 11:20:05
Thanks Derek
After moving the second level Temp Internet Folder to Temp I rebooted.
Then deleted the first level Temp Intenet Folder and went into IE settings and moved the file back to Local settings. After a third reboot the folder is where it should be and matches all the other accounts on the machine.
A very big thank you as the machine appears to run a tad faster now on the Internet
Planner_man

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#5
August 20, 2011 at 11:58:36
Nice bit of cunning - glad to hear it worked and thx for letting us know.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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