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Windows 7: can't move Temporary Internet Files

22 Feb 2010   #1

can't move Temporary Internet Files

I had this problem on my last Windows 7 install but can't recall how I got it to work.

Using Control Panel -> IE options (NO browser windows or any windows of any kind open), I can change the location to D. I can see there is a TIF folder on D now. When I log off (per the popup) and log back on, it's still pointing to C. I've tried multiple times and can't get it to stick.


My System SpecsSystem Spec

22 Feb 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1


Am not sure about what you have mentioned. Can you please be more specific about the option, you are referring to ?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Feb 2010   #3


All IE browsers closed.

Control Panel -> Internet Options (same thing would come via IE menubar Tools -> Options).

Browsing History - SETTINGS. Click on there to MOVE the Temporary Internet Files (TIF) folder.

I can change it to D (navigate to D via the tree (+) applet. Click on OK and back on prior applet I can see it's changed from C: longpathnametoinstalledTIFfilelocation to D:\TIF.

The popup then tells me I will be logged off to COMPLETE the move. I'm logged off. Logging back on (no shutdown) shows them BACK to C: originallongpathname.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

22 Feb 2010   #4

Windows 7 x64 finally!

Jim, do you mean you moved the file location at this configuration window and it comes back with the C location?
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My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Feb 2010   #5


Yes, that's the screen.

After changing the location, it SHOWS as D: TIF.

However, upon closing and logging off (but not rebooting), it's back to C: .

As well, this DID occur upon my initial Windows 7 install a month ago. I got it working but can't recall how (but it was buggy back then).

Could it be that there was already a TIF folder ON D: (from my last attempt at getting this to work) such that it's seeing a folder ALREADY existing called TIF?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Feb 2010   #6



I tried moving to my E: drive which definitely has NO TIF folder on it. It still won't move.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Feb 2010   #7

Windows 7 Professional x64

Let's rule out the possibility of a conflict with another program.

Perform a selective startup and try moving the folder.

If it works, we can start looking for the rogue program.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Feb 2010   #8


Great suggestion.

I disabled ALL items in STARTUP:

Microsoft Security Essentials
Adobe Reader and Acrobat Manager
Adobe Reader
Microsoft Intellitype (keyboard software)
Logitech QuickCam Ribbon
PowerReg (logitech webcam?)
Java updater
Office XP

The Control Panel -> Internet Options applet NEVER works in trying to move TIF.

You have to use the exact same applet but via Internet Explorer -> Options. Go figure. IOW, I figured it would be safer to move TIF while IE is NOT open. Seems the opposite.

Of the above, I'd guess Security has to be the culprit as this is the only DIFFERENT software I have on my PC compared to last Windows 7 install (no antivirus other than what's on Windows Windows 7 by default).

Thanks for the excellent suggestion. Thoughts?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Feb 2010   #9


what are the permissions on the new drive and folder you're trying to move the TIF to?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Feb 2010   #10


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by brady View Post
what are the permissions on the new drive and folder you're trying to move the TIF to?
I have no idea. How do I get that information? If I right-click the drive (properties), it shows Authenticated Users, Systems, Jim/admin, Jim/user.

Let's review:

Original Windows 7 install by store provided C: and D: partitions.

On THIS Windows 7 install, my E: F: IDE drive was also attached (wasn't last time). E: and F: were formatted by INITIAL Windows 7 install as this drive was added after-the-fact.

Is this a potential "SID" of some type?
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