Temporary Internet Files' folder not visible

Posted on 2010-01-06
Last Modified: 2012-05-08
I have a vista computer with the Temporary Internet Files folder missing when looking for it thru Explorer. I have local admin rights and I have verified it's set to view hidden files.  I can search for files that are in the folder and they will come up. I can drill down to the directory in command prompt, so I know it's there.

Is there a fix or registry setting I could look for?

Question by:L3370
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    Accepted Solution

    It looks like the Temporary Internet Files folder has been reclassified as a "System Folder" - you'll need to also uncheck "Hide Protected Operating System Files" in Folder Options (the same place you set it to show hidden files).
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    Assisted Solution

    It's my understanding that M$ has hidden these files regardless of whether or not you have the "View hidden files" option turned on. Assuming that your Windows is installed on the C drive. To see it, not only do you have to check 'show hidden files & folders' option in the Folder Options, but also uncheck 'Hide protected operating system files/folders' option, as they're now considered system files by M$.

    Point Windows Explorer to:  C:\Users\[your user name]\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\
    Hope this helps.
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    Expert Comment

    by:käµfm³d 👽
    I concur with the other two experts. I answered a question earlier today related to TIF, and was shocked when I couldn't find it! But when I typed it out in the address bar, the contents were displayed.
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    Author Comment

    Perfect. thanks!
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    Author Closing Comment

    Thank you both--Funky brown for the first post with resolution, and Los22 for the detailed info on the problem.

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