How can I exclude the Temporary Internet Files folder from the user profile?

A. By default the storage area for temporary internet files is "%systemroot%\Profiles\<user>\Temporary Internet Files", and if you implemented roaming profiles then these files would count as part of your profile taking up valuable server space. To change the location from the browser perform the following:

  1. Start Internet Explorer
  2. Select "Internet Options" from the View menu
  3. Select the General tab
  4. Click the Settings button
  5. Click the "Move Folder" button
  6. Click Yes to the confirmation dialog
  7. Select the new location and click OK

You will need to restart the machine for the new location to take effect

Alternatively you could create a reg file to manually update the following registry values and include it as part of a logon script

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Cache\Paths\path1\CachePath
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Cache\Paths\path2\CachePath
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Cache\Paths\path3\CachePath
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Cache\Paths\path4\CachePath
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders\Cache
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders\Cache

An example .reg file would be


\[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Cache\Paths\path1\]
\[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Cache\Paths\path2\]
\[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Cache\Paths\path3\]
\[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Cache\Paths\path4\]
\[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders\]
\[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders\]

Make sure you use 2 \'s. This would set the cache area to e:\temp however you could change this to anything you want. Save the above as cache.reg and run as

regedit /s cache.reg

Netscape does not store temp files under the user profile (if you are interested it is stored in the registry location HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Netscape\Netscape Navigator\Users\<user>\DirRoot ;-) ).

TAGS: Windows 8
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