What would prevent Temporary Internet Files from being created/written in Windows 7 to the:

    C:\Users\<User>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\

I have come across a situation and I am not sure where to look for a possible solution, so I will try and best describe what is happening.

Two test machines are as follows:

  1. Windows 7 Enterprise SP1 w/Internet Explorer 8 (ver. 8.0.7601.17514 32 or 64bit)
  2. Windows XP SP3 w/Internet Explorer 8 (ver. 8.0.6001.18702CO 32bit)

Two Websites are as follows:

  1. Production Website exists in the same Domain as Machine #1 & #2

  2. Development Website exists in a Cloud environment with a different domain


Issue I am seeing is: Accessing Website #1 from using system #1 (Windows 7) will result in Temporary Internet Files being created in the location below.

    C:\Users\<User>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\

However if I access Website #2 from system #1 (Windows 7) NO files are created.

Accessing Website #1 or #2 from system #2 (Windows XP) files are created as expected.

What I am looking or is direction on where I should be looking to find the cause, given that it only happens on Windows 7 with a website in a different domain. Is it a GPO? an Internet Explorer 8 Privacy or Security setting?


1 Answer 1


Windows creates them in a hidden folder LOW under Temporary Internet Files.

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This happens because of the UAC/LowIL (http://technet.microsoft.com/de-de/magazine/2007.06.uac%28en-us%29.aspx). Programs with LOW IL can only write into folder with low IL. Because IE runs with LowIL (Sandbox) there files are created there.

  • I have just checked on System #1 (Windows 7) and it does indeed contain a LOW directory, but there are no contents in it. Is it possible that the restrictions are high enough that it doesn't even allow the creation at the LowIL level?
    – CapitalBoo
    Commented Jun 25, 2013 at 12:03
  • Have you configured Windows to show the content of hidden folders? Commented Jun 25, 2013 at 18:50
  • If I look below into the Content.IE5 directory I see four sub-directories that contain temporary files. There is no Internet Address column option available in Window Explorer so I can't confirm that they are from site #2 even though they most likely are. This definitely gives me enough to do some more through testing. Thank You
    – CapitalBoo
    Commented Jun 26, 2013 at 0:34

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