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Huge amount of hard drive space being taken up by Temprorary Internet Files folder in windows 7 can't delete them

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I have a machine running win 7 enterprise.  I see that there's about 7+ GB of data in this folder:

C:\Users\Kitchen\AppData\Local\temporary internet files.

I have hidden files turned on and show system files turned on and still don't see content.ie5, a folder I've seen often in other Temp internet files folder but if I type

C:\Users\Kitchen\AppData\Local\temporary internet files\content.ie5

there's a bunch of folders in there.  I delete them and still don't free up the 7+ GB of really hidden files / folders.

I log in as another user and go to

C:\Users\Kitchen\AppData\Local

and temp internet files looks like a shortcut now but the type is file folder.  Can't go in it, can't see where it redirects to and can't delete it.  but somehow it has 7+ GB.

anyone know why ingeneral content.ie5 is a super hidden folder - if I didn't know to type it I woulnd't see it and why is there still 7+GB that disk cleanup, ccleaner and anything else I tried doesn't free up that space?

thanks!
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Try going to C:\Users\[ProfileName]\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files
to view the files.

If the location on your machine is different you can get it from IE Properties (or typing Temporary Internet into the Start button Search Bar) and hitting the Settings button.
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I wound up creating a new user, booting into safe mode and then poking around.  Wound up finding the 7 GB in this folder and being able to delete it;

C:\Users\Kitchen\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet
Files\Virtualized\C\Users\Kitchen\AppData\Local\FLVService

OK, so the xp location for temp internet files would have been docs & settings\user\local settings\temp internet files.

now it's C:\Users\Kitchen\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet
Files ?
and appdata\local\temp internet files is just a shortcut to the microsoft\windows folder?  I hate how they movedthings around.

and what's with 'virtualized' folder?!
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