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by: QuietBlackCat April 5, 2012 12:47 PM PDT

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IE 9 Not Recording History

by QuietBlackCat - 4/5/12 12:47 PM

My new computer's IE hasn't been showing me my browsing history. I don't mean cookie-type things, which are from what I understand the Temporary Internet Files, but the history that shows me where I went every day of the current week, and a weekly list for the previous ones. It shows me a record of files on my computer, generally files I downloaded that week, I think.

I've been searching for advice everywhere, and I have a list of websites I've been to, but I don't remember where I got the advice to do the following:


1. I deleted the History Folder from here:

Documents and Settings\username\AppData\Local

Incidentally, if I hit Microsoft in there, and then Windows, the History folder along with the Temporary Internet Files folder are there. (Even more incidentally, I'd like to know if I made a mistake doing that, and whether I should try recovering the folder.)

That doesn't seem to have helped. I took the advice from this particular post: http://windowssecrets.com/forums/showthread.php/138835-IE-9-missing-URLs-in-history?p=827583&viewfull=1#post827583.

It helped a little bit as some of the sites for today are showing up, but only a handful.

I had thought it could be due to an incomplete transfer, as I had used Windows Easy Transfer last weekend. It only transferred a few things, like my favorites and browser settings, so I thought it was just that the history was missing, but as I said it hasn't been recording properly today or yesterday. For all I know the browser history from my old computer was transferred, and is somewhere in the computer with today's history.

I used an index.dat reader on both this computer and the old one, and neither of them revealed all the websites I know I've visited on the History folders (before I deleted the History folder on my new computer.)

I'd like to fix this problem, because I prefer history to Favorites, due to my style of browsing being more like 'what was I doing then/I was using this website then, I feel like going back to it now' rather than just visiting the same sites over and over until I get tired of them. I used to use the favorites folder that way, and it's gotten so big that I haven't touched it in years because of how much it slows me down.

Should I reset, uninstall/reinstall, click delete everywhere and start over, or what?

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