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IE 9 Not Recording History

by QuietBlackCat / April 5, 2012 5:47 AM PDT

My new computer's IE hasn't been showing me my browsing history. I don't mean cookie-type things, which are from what I understand the Temporary Internet Files, but the history that shows me where I went every day of the current week, and a weekly list for the previous ones. It shows me a record of files on my computer, generally files I downloaded that week, I think.

I've been searching for advice everywhere, and I have a list of websites I've been to, but I don't remember where I got the advice to do the following:

1. I deleted the History Folder from here:

Documents and Settings\username\AppData\Local

Incidentally, if I hit Microsoft in there, and then Windows, the History folder along with the Temporary Internet Files folder are there. (Even more incidentally, I'd like to know if I made a mistake doing that, and whether I should try recovering the folder.)

That doesn't seem to have helped. I took the advice from this particular post:

It helped a little bit as some of the sites for today are showing up, but only a handful.

I had thought it could be due to an incomplete transfer, as I had used Windows Easy Transfer last weekend. It only transferred a few things, like my favorites and browser settings, so I thought it was just that the history was missing, but as I said it hasn't been recording properly today or yesterday. For all I know the browser history from my old computer was transferred, and is somewhere in the computer with today's history.

I used an index.dat reader on both this computer and the old one, and neither of them revealed all the websites I know I've visited on the History folders (before I deleted the History folder on my new computer.)

I'd like to fix this problem, because I prefer history to Favorites, due to my style of browsing being more like 'what was I doing then/I was using this website then, I feel like going back to it now' rather than just visiting the same sites over and over until I get tired of them. I used to use the favorites folder that way, and it's gotten so big that I haven't touched it in years because of how much it slows me down.

Should I reset, uninstall/reinstall, click delete everywhere and start over, or what?

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Seems there is no one fix.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 5, 2012 8:14 AM PDT
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Thank you.
by QuietBlackCat / April 6, 2012 4:18 AM PDT

That solution did work, but when I imported my old settings with the problem returned. I deleted the history again and now it is recording.

So I suppose that means my old style of browsing is over, unless I can find another browser with history that works similarly.Well, Chrome is similar; it's just that I'm not comfortable with it's new privacy policy - if I'm understanding it correctly. I like Firefox, but the history is kept differently and reopening the last session isn't quite a replacement.

Now I have to export the old history into a good file, that is, a file I can read without getting a headache. I have it in Word files, but it's very long among other things, so let me see if I can get an HTML file with ieHistoryViewer.

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In researching this, found bug city.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 6, 2012 4:27 AM PDT
In reply to: Thank you.

Example at

There are more and it seems Microsoft does not intend to fix such for the stated reason.
"Because many internal functions rely on this method, its behavior cannot be changed."

The fix is to declare the function is working properly and move on.

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