Optimize The Temporary Internet Files Folder In Internet Explorer 7

If you have decided to change the amount of space that is allocated to the Temporary Internet Files folder, be aware that you may experience a decrease in performance if the value is set too high or too low. For example, if the amount of hard drive space available for the folder is set too high, the Temporary Internet Files folder may take up a large portion of your hard drive with outdated information. (Remember that many Web sites are updated regularly). On the other hand, configuring a value that is too low can increase the amount of time it takes for IE to display Web pages.

When the size of the Temporary Internet Files folder reaches the maximum amount of available hard drive space, IE automatically removes older files to make room as needed. So when you are configuring the amount of hard drive space the folder can use, keep in mind that if you set the folder size too high, you may be retaining outdated Web site information. Conversely setting the maximum size too low slows the system because a low value doesn’t let you store as many Web sites in the Temporary Internet files folder and Web sites stored in the Temporary Internet Files folder load significantly faster.

To adjust the Temporary Internet Files folder settings, open the Tools menu in IE and click Internet Options. From the General tab click the Settings button. In the Settings dialog box, move the slider bar to set the amount of hard drive space you want the Temporary Internet Files folder to use. Click OK to apply your changes.

[tags]Temporary Internet Files Folder, optimize temp file, Internet Explorer 7, IE 7[/tags]

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  • Carl

    While I like the idea behind the article I wish you were a little more concrete than “you may experience a decrease in performance if the value is set too high or too low.” You give steps on how to modify this setting, but fail to even reccomend a value. What is “too high or too low.”

    I’m currently surfing around trying to settle a difference of opinions of work on the matter, so I know what my preference is (50 – 250 MB) but I’m currently looking for that optimum amount everyone talks about, yet the number is always different by a fairly large percentage.

  • CJ

    Well Carl,
    the reason for the lack of specified values is that it really depends. Those who have faster connections, like DSL and cable for instance, may find that they don’t need to rely on their cache, or stored files, as much. As they can connect much faster, most may find that they need a much smaller allocation of memory for the temporary internet file directory. On the other hand, web surfers with slower connections, such as dial-up, will probably want to have a much larger allocation for their temporary internet directory, so that they won’t have to download as much information each time they access a website. To add to this, the computers performance itself can also be taken into account. if you have a very large (>120GB) hard drive with no partitioning, or separation into smaller portions, you might find that its faster to simply download from the internet, thus finding it appropriate to have a smaller cache size. The reason for this is that it could take longer to find an older file, then to simply redownload it from the website.

  • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/windows/2007/03/15/optimize-the-temporary-internet-files-folder-in-internet-explorer-7/ Chuck

    Carl was correct. Maybe CJ should have included the follow-up content, “It depends”… As for myself, I like keeping my Temp Internet allocation to a 10MB-20MB on my DSL / Cable – 0-5MB / T1 – 0MB (Vista lowest 8MB)/ WiFi connection – 45MB-60MB.>>>> I use a T1 at work…
    CJ needs to be more clear!

  • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/windows/2007/03/15/optimize-the-temporary-internet-files-folder-in-internet-explorer-7/ Chuck

    Sorry change those “0” to 1MB minimum …sorry