by make_or_break - 8/2/10 1:44 AM
In Reply to: %Temp% by MarkFlax
Temporary Internet Files is one of those folders that Microsoft won't let you see through normal channels, even when you change setting for Windows to allow you to see hidden files and folders.
This started back in XP, with one of the service pack updates (I think). After that update, Windows File Explorer would no longer 'see' or 'find' the TempIntFiles folder. I ended up using a 3rd-party file browser to circumvent the File Explorer 'blind eye'. I didn't use Vista long enough to look if it was the same there, but I suspect it was. After upgrading to Win7 from Vista File Explorer too behaves in much the same way as my later XP builds do; in other words, I can't use File Explorer to show the TempIntFiles folder. My XP SP3 box sitting next to this Win7 desktop is exactly like this, where I use a 3rd-party file browser (Gyula) to see what's in the Temporary Internet Files folder.
HOWEVER, there IS a workaround that doesn't require a 3rd-party app. In Win7 (and likely XP and Vista as well) if you start up IE8, you can select Tools/Internet Options. A new window will open showing you the various IE settings. Go to the General tab and then go to the Browsing History section and select Settings. A new window titled Temporary Internet Files and History Settings will open up. From here click on the View Files button and a Explorer window will open up WITHIN Temporary Internet Files folder. But if you back up out of there, you WON'T see the TempIntFiles folder again. Sneaky MSFT...
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