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Sub-Folders of "Temporary Internet Files" are super-hidden

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BillDLFlag for United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland asked on
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Hi Experts, This is a strange one.

I noticed that the SUB-folders of my:
C:\Documents and Settings\<MyName>\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files
folder seemed to have vanished.  For instance, the "Content.IE5" folder (and obviously its sub-folders) as well as other sub-folders of the TIF folder that I know should be there.

The Temporary Internet Files folder still caches files normally, and they delete normally via Control Panel > Internet Options method.

I am fully aware of the Folder Options > View settings, and I always have that set to show all files, so that is not the issue here.

I believe that the Temporary Internet Files folder has lost its attributes somehow and is hiding content in a similar way to how the C:\Windows\Downloaded Program Files folder hides contents.

From a command window, I am able to see the folders as detailed below:
..\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\ (sub-folders below):
         0F77EKH5 <--------- normal internet cached files
         2PBS5KNQ <--------- normal internet cached files
         JNPRJPKW <--------- normal internet cached files
         M7I3252F <--------- normal internet cached files
..\Temporary Internet Files\Content.MSO
..\Temporary Internet Files\Content.Word
..\Temporary Internet Files\FrontPageTempDir
..\Temporary Internet Files\IA2RU1JV <--- sub-folders contain "offline files"
..\Temporary Internet Files\OIS <-------------- empty

I can change directory from the command prompt into all of these folders and sub-folders, and list their contents.

I can EDIT or TYPE the following Desktop.ini files, which all have the Hidden and System attributes set:
\Temporary Internet Files\desktop.ini
\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\desktop.ini
\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\0F77EKH5\desktop.ini
\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\2PBS5KNQ\desktop.ini
\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\M7I3252F\desktop.ini

When Typed or Edited, they all contain the following, which appears standard to me:


That is the CLSID for "Temporary Internet Files" as indicated in the following registry settings from my system (simplified *.reg file):

@ = Temporary Internet Files

@ = (hex value equiv to) %SystemRoot%\System32\shdocvw.dll,-20780

@ = (hex value equiv to) %SystemRoot%\System32\shdocvw.dll

"Attributes"= dword:20000004 (0x20000004)

The Index.dat file is listed on a DIR command under the Content.IE5 folder, and having copied it out to a neutral folder and viewed it in notepad, it contains the expected header info: "Client UrlCache MMF Ver 5.2", so I don't think it's malformed or corrupt.  I haven't tried deleting it yet.

So, although I cannot see ANY sub-folders under my Temporary Internet Files folder, the content is still there.

How do I restore it so that I can see the sub-folders and their content?

Could someone perhaps verify that the "Attributes" value in my registry is correct:

"Attributes"= dword:20000004 (0x20000004)

Do you think that re-registering C:\Windows\System32\shdocvw.dll with regsvr32 will restore whatever attributes are missing or messed up?

Should I delete \Content.IE5\Index.dat and/or all of the desktop.ini files to see if that fixes it?

Maybe someone knows of a "fix" file that I can download which restores all default settings for the Temporary Internet Files folder?

I am NOT keen to format and reinstall Windows at this stage as I have too much data tied up on it that I am shuffling between drives.

Thanks in advance

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