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Windows 7: Unable to find .mp3 or .wma files in Temporary Internet Folder

07 Feb 2011   #1

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
Unable to find .mp3 or .wma files in Temporary Internet Folder

Hello expert,

I just installed Windows 7 on my laptop. However, I am not able to find the .mp3, .wma, .wmv files in the Temporary Internet Folder. I can do this easily in Wins XP but not in Windows 7 ...

The current location of Temporary Internet Folder is:
C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files.

Note: I can see all the downloaded files with format .doc, .pdf, ;jpeg there, but strangely, I cannot see the downloaded .mp3, .wmv files. Why?

Also, I have checked the folder C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Temp but cannot find any also.... sigh...

Your advice will be much appreciated.


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07 Feb 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x86

Hi jiayi and welcome to SF

you won't find MP3s in the path you looked at..try this one instead:

C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Low\Content.IE5

( you might not see those directories underneath "Temporary Internet Files" so just punch it into the'll end up at several cryptic named folders That's where you should look)
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07 Feb 2011   #3
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1, Win 10

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08 Feb 2011   #4

Windows 7 Enterprise x64

Thanks a lot SledgeDG. I can find it now based on your useful tips!
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11 Feb 2011   #5

Windows 7 professional 32bit


I am facing the same problem too and cant seem to find the mp3 or wma files in my temp folder. i tried C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Low\Content.IE5 but there isnt any in in too..

please help
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11 Feb 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x86

Well, if you used Internet Explorer and have those files in the cache...that's the place to find them. But you do realize, not all websites let their material be cached anymore...that's usually prevented by a simple html instruction in the web page's header (So it's not always sure you'll find the mp3 or wma you're looking for).
If you go to the Content.IE5 folder you usually see something like this.
Unable to find .mp3 or .wma files in Temporary Internet Folder-capture.jpg

If you can't find what you're looking for in one of those cryptic sub folders it's not on your system.

just past the following in any window's URL bar:
%LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Low\Content.IE5
That is the default cache for all the bigger files like FLVs MP4s etc.
If you use Firefox you might want to look here too:
type into Firefoxes URL about:cache and see if your files under any of those 3 List links

If you use Google Chrome thee is this neat little cache viewer from Nirsoft here:
ChromeCacheView - Cache viewer for Google Chrome Web browser

The users of Opera get lucky here:
OperaCacheView - Cache viewer for Opera Web browser


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11 Feb 2011   #7

Windows 7 professional 32bit

Hi SledgeDG, Thanks for replying. Please pardon me as i am very slow when it comes to IT. just for your info, i recently ugraded from vista to windows 7 pro(dunno if this step would caused the problem). I tried typing the address and in the folder content.ie5, it says empty, i cant seem to find all the other folders as mentioned. I tried the website on other computers running xp system and i can get the mp3 files from temp folder easily so it would not be the website. please advice how to find the folders that seem to be hidden in my laptop..

Thank you.
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12 Feb 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x86

Since I'm not convinced yet that your Windows behaves different from any other Windows, there can be only one explanation:
Those cryptic folders must have been deleted (either through Ccleaner and the likes or some other means of house cleaning (removing temp files, caches and the likes))
Just to make sure we're on the same page here: you have your comp set to show hidden files/folders, right?

Hidden Files and Folders - Show or Hide

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09 Mar 2011   #9

Windows 7 ultimate x32

Found the solution elsewhere on this forum: Its not the 'hidden files and folder's but the 'hide protected operating system files' option that is keeping the files from being displayed. Uncheck in the folder options and the files should be visible!
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09 Mar 2011   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x86

Right you are. That's what I get for not double checking what I write here


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