Location of Cookies folder in Windows 7 | 8

Where are Cookies in Windows 7 | 8? Where is the location of the Cookies folder? Starting with Windows Vista, things have changed a bit. Type Cookies in Start Menu, and it may take you to C:\Users\Username\Cookies folder. When you try to click on it, in all probability, you will be greeted with an Access Denied box. This path, however, is just a kind of a pointer.

Where are Cookies in Windows 7 | 8

cookies folder location windows Location of Cookies folder in Windows 7 | 8

Cookies folder location in Windows 7 | 8

To see where Internet Explorer stores its Cookies in Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, open Explorer > Organize > Folder Options > Views > Check ‘Do not show hidden files and folders’ and Uncheck ‘Hide protected OS files’ > Apply > OK.

Now you will be able to see the two real locations of Windows Cookies folders at the following address in Windows 7:

  • C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies
  • C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low

In Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, the Cookies are stored in this folder:

  • C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCookies

As mentioned elsewhere on this site, starting with Windows Vista, processes run with integrity levels as defined by the Mandatory Integrity Control feature. Internet Explorer in Protected Mode, runs as a ‘Low Privilege’ process. This prevents the Internet Explorer from writing to areas of the File System or the Registry that require a higher privilege! What happens, is that Windows creates a set of folders and files, for use with Protected Mode’ Internet Explorer. These folders and files share the same Low Privilege level as Internet Explorer.

One of these 4 ‘low privilege’ folders, used by IE in Windows, in the course of daily operation, is Cookies, the other being Cache, History & Temp, and it is located at:

  • %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low

With the IE  Protected Mode turned On, the browser essentially runs as a low privilege process; as a result of which it can store / read / write cookies in the LOW version of the Cookies folder:

  • C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low

But if you have turned UAC off or Disabled the Protected Mode in IE in Windows, they (like cache, temp & history) will mostly be stored in:

  • C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies

This post will tell you about the types of Internet Cookies, should you be interested. Want to know the Temporary Internet Files Folder location in Windows 7 | 8 ?

Post ported from WinVistaClub and updated and posted here.

Speaking of Computer Cookies, here are a few posts which may interest you:

  1. Delete even Flash Cookies via Delete Browsing History in Internet Explorer
  2. Clear Internet Cache & Cookies for particular domain only in IE, quickly
  3. Expired Cookies Cleaner will help you remove Expired Cookies in Internet Explorer.
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  • Jorge

    I have Windows 8.0 and there is no “cookie” location or file in C:UsersusernameAppDataRoamingMicrosoftWindows
    Cookies exists there under the user but the folder is empty.

  • http://www.thewindowsclub.com Anand Khanse

    In Windows 8, the Cookies are stored in this folder:

    C:UsersusernameAppDataLocalMicrosoftWindowsINetCookies

    I have edited the post. Thank you.

  • http://www.corrieancone.com mizz corrie

    not so .cant find there..no AppData

  • http://www.thewindowsclub.com Anand Khanse

    Hope you have enabled Show Hidden and system files and folders via Folder Options.

  • amu`z

    i cant find cookies folder in my win8 on this location C:UsersAMU`ZAppDataRoamingMicrosoftWindows

  • shubham

    open your show hidden files

  • Jacob

    In the directory at the top, type: C:UsersAMU`ZAppDataRoamingMicrosoftWindowsCookies
    The file is hidden for secirity

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