Hi, Jim, I was going to send my results to you once I had a solution,
since I use PurgeIE and it is treating the WINDOWS\Cookies folder as
strays, since IE is using that folder, but my profile Cookies folder is
set in User Shell Folders and Shell Folders as the true Cookie folder.
Yes, I have tried various ways of deleting the index.dat, relogging,
rebooting and everything else but I can't get XP to focus on the right
folder. Perhaps I need to delete both index.dat files when logged on as
Administrator. I've set this aside as I played with Shell Folders in
general to figure out how Windows is managing these magic folder
settings. I'll be posting a note in .windowsxp.customize probably today
describing what I have discovered and documented.
I tried the right-click "Move Here" in Windows Explorer but that doesn't
work because the index.dat file is in use. So I have to use the
registry, but the registry keys are already pointing to
I set this Cookie problem aside when I posted this note. I hope you can
modify PurgeIE to manage the Cookie cache in Windows as well as
Kent W. England, MS MVP for WinXP Networking
> I was researching related information when I came across this today.
> I think that you may be close to the solution with your statement -
> use that WINDOWS folder if for some reason the correct Cookies folder
> missing or inaccessible...
> This is similar to the problem some have had with IE placing the
> Internet File' folder within their WINDOWS\TEMP folder.
> Is it possible that the "Index.dat" file in the
> folder has been corrupted to the point that IE detects an error,
> the use of the folder and defaults to use of "WINDOWS\Cookies"?
> Easy enough to check. Just delete that "Index.dat" file and reboot.
> If you have already solved the problem, please share the solution with
> Jim Lawler - author of 'PurgeIE'
> > Folks;
> > I have an account on an XP system that is setup to store cookies in
> > default location of C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Cookies but
> > cookies are actually stored in C:\WINDOWS\Cookies. I have other
> > where this is not a problem.
> > I've checked the User Shell Folders location in the HKCU branch of
> > registry and it is correct (%USERPROFILE%\Cookies), but IE
> > reading and writing cookies to the C:\WINDOWS\Cookies location
> > of where User Shell Folders indicates.
> > I know that IE6 will use that WINDOWS folder if for some reason the
> > correct Cookies folder is missing or inaccessible, but I can see no
> > indication that there is anything wrong with the permissions on the
> > Cookies folder, although I did recreate it after a clean install.
> > Has anyone seen this peculiarity before? It wouldn't be a problem
> > all the third-party tools are correctly reading the registry and
> > for cookies in the userprofile location and not in Windows, so they
> > up managing the wrong cookies.
> > --
> > Kent W. England, MS MVP for WinXP Networking