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Posted on 2001-07-03
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Hi,

I have a user with a huge roaming profile (113MB). In attempting to limit it's size I came across two folders of Temporary Internet Files. The first and most obvious was directly beneath the profile folder username>Temporary Internet Files. The second is located at username>Local Settings>Temporary Internet Files. Does anyone know the difference between these two folders? It's the second one that is taking up most of the space in the profile causing it to take forever for the user to log on and off. Any suggestions?

Thanks,
Kim
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Lee W, MVP earned 100 total points
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This is one of the many reasons why I think IE stinks.  You can use File Manager and delete the contents of the subfolders in those folders to reduce the size, then, when the user logs on to a machine, have him/her set the Size of the temporary internet files to 1 MB (1% if IE 4).  You can also look into customizing IE so that it empties it's cache every time it's closed and/or move the location of the "Temporary Internet Files" folder to another folder, not part of the profile - I've done this to c:\temp\IEInetCache

I'm still waiting for someone to give me a good reason that Microsoft:

1.  Creates four subfolders randomly within the temporary internet files folder to store browser cache - WHY NOT JUST ONE or even four with COMMON NAMES that are the same to everyone
2.  Why they thought storing this information in the profile was a really good idea
3.  Why you can't simply shut off the disk cache (like in Netscape - set the value to 0)

Also, with Win2K, you can edit the ntuser.ini file and add folders you don't want copying back and forth to the Exclusion list - contents of my ntuser.ini file:
[General]
ExclusionList=Local Settings;Temporary Internet Files;History;Temp;
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Thanks leew! I didn't know about the exclusion list. I decreased the size of the Temp Internet Files Folder to 1MB and have already added those folders for exclusion. Now that I know I'll be doing the same for the rest of my users with that problem!

Thanks for the help,
Kim
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