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How can I restore the "Save to Folder Location" setting whenever downloading a file using Internet Explorer 8?

Posted on 2011-02-13
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How can I restore the "Save to Folder Location" setting whenever downloading a file using Internet Explorer 8?

I am no longer prompted to choose the download location of where I want a file to be saved that I am downloading using Internet Explorer 8.

Instead, all files are now automatically downloaded into my Temporary Internet Files folder.

How can I get this feature back so that I can choose where I want my downloaded files to be saved?
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evening Knoledgeable,

you should be able to right click the link and use "save target as"...that should do the trick for you...

does this answer your question?  let us know, thanks!
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sorry for the typo on your handle...correction:  Knowledgeable

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the only way to actually set this location is a registry tweak...found this on another board...

    * Go to Start -> Run -> type regedit and enter
    * Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Software\ Microsoft\ Internet Explorer
    * Create a new String value with key Download Directory and set the value to a valid directory (ex: C:\Download) * if this key already exists, just modify the value
    * Go to Start -> Run -> type regedit and enter
    * Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Software\ Microsoft\ Internet Explorer
    * Create a new String value with key Download Directory and set the value to a valid directory (ex: C:\Download) * if this key already exists, just modify the value

Restart IE and try to ensure this is working...
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dn0rm,

While I am able to use the method that you described as a work around, I am hoping to once again be able to click on a file contained within a webpage and then to be prompted as to where I want this file to be downloaded (saved) to. Currently every time that I click on a file, it is automatically downloaded into my Temporary Internet Files folder.
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http://www.onecomputerguy.com/ie_tips.htm
http://www.windowsreference.com/internet-explorer/how-to-change-the-default-download-directory-for-internet-explorer/


Click on Start—>Run type regedit Press OK
Navigate the following key from left pane
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer
Now you should see Download Directory key from right pane
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could be your OS is corrupt; run sfc or a repair install :
 http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/3413-repair-install.html            repair windows 7
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/1538-sfc-scannow-command-system-file-checker.html         SFC
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In IE8 go to tools---> view downloads----> at below left corner click on options----> then select default location where u want to save ur files
try this

if it dosen't work for u try by reseting the IE8
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