Unable to restore Temporary Internet Files folder location for Internet Explorer 11

Generally, whatever we browse using Internet Explorer, it always saves some of the data inside temporary files folder so that it could offer a faster browsing experience to us. The temporary saved data covers the cached web pages, images and other media. By default, the latest Internet Explorer 11, saves the Temporary Internet Files and website data to the folder at the following location:

C:\Users\<user name>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache

You can change the temporary data saving location in the following manner.

Open Internet Explorer settings window or run inetcpl.cpl command. On the General tab of Internet Properties window, click Settings under Browsing History heading. On the Website Data Settings window, you have the option to move the temporary file location to your desired folder, refer to below screenshot.

restore temporary internet files folder

Recently, I have changed the temporary internet file location by following above mentioned way, but when I tried to restore it back to default, it won’t worked. I was unable to restore temporary internet files folder.

When it used Move to option to restore, the temporary files got generated into C:\Users\<user name>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\Temporary Internet Files location and not in default C:\Users\<user name>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache location.

Resetting Internet Explorer didn’t fix this problem, so here is how to fix this, by editing the Windows Registry.

Restore temporary internet files folder for Internet Explorer 11

1. Press Windows Key + R combination, type put regedit in Run dialog box and hit Enter to open the Registry Editor.

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2. Navigate here:

HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders


3. In the right pane of above shown window, look for the registry string named as Cache. It must be showing the customized location you’ve provided to save temporary data. Double click on the same to get this:


4. In the Edit String box so open now, put the Value data which is the default temporary file storage location as following and click OK:


5. Next, go to following registry key and make the same manipulation as we have done in previous step for the Cache key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders

When you’re done, you may close the Registry Editor and reboot the machine to get your problem fixed.

Let us know if this helped.

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An Electrical Engineer by profession, Kapil is a Microsoft MVP and a Microsoft Content Creator. Please read the entire post & the comments first & create a system restore point before making any changes to your system.


  1. Shantha D

    When I refer INetCache folder using any program and try to print its contents, it always it displays [“Content.IE5”, “counters.dat”, “desktop.ini”, “IE”, “Low”, “Virtualized”]. But when I access the same INetCache folder using IE11 browser, Tools->Internet Options->General->Browsing history-> Settings(click)->View files(click), I get different folder structure, which contains some favicon.ico files. How can I make my program to refer always these favicon.ico files instead of [“Content.IE5”, “counters.dat”, “desktop.ini”, “IE”, “Low”, “Virtualized”] ?

  2. Suzy cozy

    hello eveyone i do really have a big problem all my files are deleted when I uninstall the EI11 is it possible to return it again please help me

  3. Dennis Lafontaine

    How do I go into the cache folder on Windows 10? I get permission denied even though the Security Tab says I should be able to access it.

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