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Hey Diana!

by bronccat / February 8, 2006 2:10 PM PST

Did you ever resolve you temp internet "invisible files" issue.

I had the same problem - 20 Gig worth.

type the following in the run box:

"C:\Documents and Settings\shaun abell\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.mso"

Then click up one level

This will take you to the hidden files.

In here you can delete the contents of the following folders:

Content.IE5 (and subfolder contents)

I'm here to tellya - it took me forever to figure this out, but I have freed up 2/3 of my hard drive as a result!!!!

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(NT) (NT) Can't find content.mso
by Diana Forum moderator / February 8, 2006 2:49 PM PST
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Another method
by TONI H / February 8, 2006 7:29 PM PST
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and this one worked for me:

In the Run Box type %temp%

On the temp window click the Folder Tab.

Open Temp (May be already open)

Open Temporary internet files and Content IE5

NOW: If you want to make sure that the Content.IE5 folders show up all the time from now on without having to do the above, for all users/accounts, do the following for the Desktop.ini files Found in the c:\windows\temporary internet files\desktop.ini and the

c:\windows\temporary internet files\content.ie5\desktop.ini

The Desktop.ini is a standard text file that can be added to any folder to customize certain aspects of the folder's behavior. In these cases, Microsoft utilized this file to make these files invisible.

Invisible to Windows Explorer and even to the "Find: Files or Folders" utility (so you wouldn't be able to perform searches in these folders! -- because you wouldn't want to in most instances) All Microsoft had to do was create a file with certain CLSID tags and the folders would disappear like magic. To show you exactly what's going on:

Found in the c:\windows\temporary internet files\desktop.ini and the c:\windows\temporary internet files\content.ie5\desktop.ini is this text:


Found in the c:\windows\history\desktop.ini and the

c:\windows\history\history.ie5\desktop.ini is this text:


The UICLSID line cloaks the folder in Windows Explorer. The CLSID line disables the "Find" utility from searching through the folder. (Additionally, it gives a folder the appearance of the "History" folder.)

To see for yourself, you can simply erase the Desktop.ini files. You'll see that it will instantly give Windows Explorer proper viewing functionality again, and the "Find" utility will search through them. Problem solved right? Actually, no. As it turns out, the Desktop.ini get reconstructed every single time you restart your computer.

Luckily there is a loophole which will keep Windows from hiding these folders. You can manually edit the Desktop.ini files and remove everything except for the

"[.ShellClassInfo]" line.
This will trick WININET into thinking everything is as it should be.

I can't stress how ridiculous it is that Windows actually makes sure the files are hidden on every single boot. No other files or folders get this kind of special treatment. So what's the agenda here?


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Hidden Files
by bronccat / February 9, 2006 1:17 AM PST
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I uttered the same words this morning to someone. To have 70% of your hard drive occupied by files that you can't find, well that makes ya wonder.

Diana, you may try the location I gave before but swap content.IE5

The content.MSO is for microsoft office...sorry for the confusion....

C:\Documents and Settings\shaun abell\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5

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Don't get any folders
by Diana Forum moderator / February 9, 2006 9:15 AM PST
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in temporary internet folders - do have show hidden files and folders checked.


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by bronccat / February 9, 2006 12:10 PM PST
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I was in the same boat. If I went straight to the folder, there was nothing inside. But when I went to start, run, and typed in the file location they appeared.....

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(NT) (NT) Cool - that works
by Diana Forum moderator / February 9, 2006 12:24 PM PST
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