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Internet Explorer normally stores its working data in various special locations. For example:

Cookies  ->  %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies
History  ->  %LOCALAPPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\History
Cache    ->  %LOCALAPPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files

However, for some reason, Internet Explorer occasionally stops using the normal locations and instead creates new folders under %TEMP% and/or %TEMP%\Low for this data. For example:

Cookies  ->  %TEMP%\Cookies
             %TEMP%\Low\Cookies
History  ->  %TEMP%\History
             %TEMP%\Low\History
Cache    ->  %TEMP%\Temporary Internet Files
             %TEMP%\Low\Temporary Internet Files

When this happens, the configured locations have not changed. The registry entries still point to %APPDATA% and %LOCALAPPDATA%. Internet Explorer is ignoring these settings and putting its working files in %TEMP% despite being configured otherwise.

Why does Internet Explorer do this, and how can make it use the normal locations again?

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is this a personal machine, or part of a domain? This may be a situation in which a GPO is overriding the defaults - if it's part of a domain – warren Apr 13 '10 at 14:21
    
It's my personal machine; no non-default group policy settings, not part of a domain. – SWB Apr 13 '10 at 15:27

You can change your Browsing History via .. Tools > Internet Options > General > Browsing History > Settings . you'll see "Move Folder" , "View Objects" , "View Files". if not, you can reset settings via Advance Tab.

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That's not the problem. This setting still shows %LOCALAPPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files, but Internet Explorer is ignoring it and putting its files under %TEMP%. – SWB Apr 5 '10 at 16:23

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