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Windows XP Tips, Illustrations and registry edits

Relocate the "Temporary Internet Files" folder to a different drive

To redirect the Temporary Internet Files (TIF) location to a different drive, follow these steps:

  • Save and close all running applications
  • Create a folder in the destination drive (say E:\TIF)
  • Click Start, Run and type CONTROL INETCPL.CPL
  • In the Temporary Internet Files section, click Settings
  • Click Move Folder button and browse to the target folder
  • Click OK
  • Click Yes, when you see the prompt

"Windows will log you off to finish moving Temporary Internet Files. Do you want to continue ?"

Windows will now copy all the Cookies, temporary internet files to the destination folder and log you off. Log back in for the changes to take effect.

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To accomplish this via the registry, alter the Shell Folders path for TIF

The above method is effective as it copies the contents of the current Temporary Internet Files folder to the new location. Whereas, relocating the Temporary Internet Files shell folders path via the registry does not copy the existing content to the new location.

Open Registry Editor by typing REGEDIT in Start, Run dialog

Navigate to the following registry key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer \ User Shell Folders

In the right-pane, double-click the value named Cache and set it's data to the new TIF folder (E:\Temporary Internet Files)

Similarly, make the changes in this registry key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \  Explorer \ Shell Folders

Close Registry Editor and log off. Login back for the changes to take effect. The TIF will be stored in the new location which you defined. The old TIF files can be deleted manually by navigating to this folder from Start, Run dialog:  %userprofile%\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files

Related Utility: FolderRedirector

FolderRedirector can be used to redirect the special folders to a different location. These are the folders which can be redirected using tool:

Cookies, Desktop, Favorites, My Documents, My Music, My Pictures, SendTo, Shared Documents, Shared Music, Shared Pictures, Shared Video, Start Menu, Startup, Temporary Internet Files

Note: TweakUI for Windows XP provides the same feature, except that the Shared folders cannot be redirected using TweakUI (though the option is listed). More Information at Using FolderRedirector utility to redirect special folders in Windows XP