Temporary download directory

Posted on 2003-02-22
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Last Modified: 2011-10-03
Howdy. When you download any file off the internet, Windows actually is saving the file to a temporary directory to be copied from, to a directory of your choosing. For example, windows/temp. I would like to be able to change that default directory, but I cant seem to find it in the registry. The reason I want to do this, is because I have very little room to work with on the c drive, and would like these temporary save locations, to be defaulted to a much larger secondary hard drive I have installed. Thank you for your time.

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Home > Software > Internet Explorer

                   Specify the Default Internet Explorer Download Directory (All Windows) Popular

                   This tweak can be easily applied using WinGuides Tweak Manager. Download Now!

                   This setting is used to specify which directory should be used as the default location to save downloaded files
                   retrieved using Internet Explorer.

                   Open your registry and find or create the key below.

                   Create a new String value, or modify the existing value, called "Download Directory" and set it according to
                   the value data below.

                   Exit your registry, you may need to restart or log out of Windows for the change to take effect.

                                                              (value not set)

                            Download Directory
                                                              "C:\My Files"

                          HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer

                   Registry Settings
                   User Key: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer]
                   Value Name: Download Directory
                   Data Type: REG_SZ (String Value)
                   Value Data: Qualified Directory

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                   operating system. We cannot guarantee that problems resulting from modifications to the registry can be
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ID: 7999528

This should be achievable by using this routine ...
<Control Panel>
<Internet Options>
<Move folder>
You can also use the slider or scroller to its right to adjust the size this location will use.

Hope this also helps!

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ID: 7999538
Alternatively, if you have or can get ahold of Partition magic (ver 8 best), re-sizing your partitions might also help.
This discussion (size of OS drive) comes up a lot lately.  5GB is the smallest I would recommend for the OS drive to be.
If you're in the under-5 category, just relocating any temp directories won't solve a potential problem for drive space.  Adjusting your partition sizes will (at least until the next OS installation ;).
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Thanks for the advice. =) but neither is what im lookin for. heres an example.. lets say you need to download a 200mb file. the file is initially saved to a directory, and then copied over to another directory you chose, if you went the "save as" route. The initial directory in Windows Xp would be rootdrive/documents and settings/username/local settings/temp. thats where windows saves the file initially, and thats the one I need moved, if possible. the registry setting you speak of steven, is what windows will copy to by default, *after* the initial temp save. I do realize, that my drive is a bit small, but the hassle of reinstalling xp on a much larger drive, is not an option at this time. Tedsky, the "move folder" option you give, is for "temporary internet files", or more specifically cookies. any more input would be greatly appreciated. =)

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stevenlewis earned 200 total points
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try setting the temp directory in the path
right click on my computer, choose properties, advanced, environment variables, and change the user variable for the temp directory, and tmp
reboot and check

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There ya go - SL's suggestion was my next ;)
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