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Windows 7: .wma files appears as .dat files in Temporary Internet Files folder


07 Jul 2011   #1

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 
.wma files appears as .dat files in Temporary Internet Files folder

Hi,

I am running IE8 on Windows 7 (Home Premium 64bit). My Temporary Internet Files folder is C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Low\Content.IE5. I have enabled Show Hidden Files and Folders and removed the tick for Hide Protected Operating System files.

I've noticed that streamed .wma file appeared as .dat file in the temporary internet folder. I've tried copying it to the desktop and changed the extension to .wma but it will not play at all. I have the same problem in another laptop running Windows Vista. In Windows XP platform, I have no problem retrieving the streamed files as they are saved in the original file format (i.e. .mp3 or .wma) in the Temporary Internet Files folder.

Please advise.

Thank you & regards

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07 Jul 2011   #2

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

I'm have difficulty understanding the real problem since I have always set my browsers to delete at the end of a session, I use CCleaner to delete junk (read stuff in the temp folder).

In any case, you can help us by updating your system specs.

UPDATE YOUR SEVENFORUMS SYSTEM SPECS


User CP (3rd item in the top menu bar) |
in left-hand column, under Your Profile, Edit System Spec |


Use Speccy - System Information - Free Download
and/or SIW to gather info for filling in the blanks.

Do me a favor and add the word laptop or desktop to the “system manufacturer” block.

Use the “Other Info” block for Optical Reader, Mouse, touchpad, wifi adapter, speakers, monitor

Scroll down and click on the SAVE CHANGES button.
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07 Jul 2011   #3

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Hi,

Thanks for your quick response. I have updated the system profile as per your request.

Perhaps let me re-iterate my problem. Previously, when I listen to online music on a Windows XP platform, I am able to save the .mp3/.wma file from the Temporary Internet Files folder directly. However, on a Windows 7 platform, this file in the Temporary Internet Files folder is in .dat format instead of .mp3/.wma format. Why is it so? This .dat file cannot be played back on Windows Media Player at all.

Your advice is truly appreciated.

Thank you.
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07 Jul 2011   #4

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Can you give me a concrete example of a piece of music you are trying to download?
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07 Jul 2011   #5

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

ye, sure, this is one of the link Bad Romance » Lady GaGa

In Windows XP (SP3), IE8, the file is 11.wma located in C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files folder

In Windows 7 (SP1), IE8, the file is 11[1].dat in C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Low\Content.IE5\70AJVSAN

Thank you.
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08 Jul 2011   #6

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

well I don't mess around with questionable sites.

However, I do use Firefox and DownloadHelper. I don't know if DownloadHelper has an IE version.

DownloadHelper, along with ConverterHelper, allow me to download and convert music and videos from such places as YouTube.
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08 Jul 2011   #7

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

It's ok, I understand your position. I've tried out your suggestions but it does not allow downloading of the files. (i.e. the little arrow at the bottom did not turn green). It works for youtube videos though.

Thank you anyway for spending your precious time with me. I'll just use the XP platform for such needs then.

Thank you once again.
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08 Jul 2011   #8

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

did you go to DownloadHelper - Media download Firefox extension for the downloader? There are many add-ons parading under this general title.
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11 Jul 2011   #9

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Hi,

Thanks for your continuous help. I've just found a solution to this.

Instead of using IE8, I switched to Google Chrome. I could then copy the file from the cache and rename the extention to its respective one (.wma or .mp3) and it works!

Thank you once again for your persistent help.

Cheers!
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11 Jul 2011   #10

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

hitelev,

Glad that you found a solution. And thanks for getting back to us with your solution.
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