Where are Cookies in Windows 10/8/7? 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 10
Cookies folder location in Windows 10/8/7
To see where Internet Explorer stores its Cookies in Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista, open Explorer > Organize > Folder Options > Views > Check ‘Do not show hidden files and folders’ and Uncheck ‘Hide protected OS files‘ > Apply > OK.
You will be able to see the two real locations of Windows Cookies folders at the following address in Windows 7:
In Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, the Cookies are stored in this folder:
In Windows 10 you may open Run box, type shell:cookies and hit Enter to open the Cookies folder. It is located here:
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:
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:
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:
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