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Change the Location of Microsoft Edge’s Cache and Other Temporary Folders

Background and Problem: I was doing research on how to relocate the Internet cache of Microsoft Edge.  I didn’t want such temporary files to take up space in the partition where the Windows 10 operating system was also installed because such has limited space.  As of this writing there’s no user-configurable setting to make this happen.  (For comparison, it was easy with Internet Explorer since you can change the location via Internet Options.)

Solution: In the course of my research I revisited a technique used to relocate the user profiles folders in Windows 7 that continued to work in Windows 10 per my testing.  Aside from relocating the Internet cache of Microsoft Edge, this technique will also relocate any temporary folders that are part of a standard user profile.  The technique works to save space off the primary partition of your system if such space is limited (such as if the disk is an SSD) and save any files in a separate, larger capacity drive (usually the traditional hard disk).

There are two options to change the user profiles location, both of which are covered in two articles in the NextofWindows.com web site.

Option 1: How to Change User Profile Default Location in Windows 7

Option 2: How To Change User Profile Location in Windows 8 without Registry Hack

The links describe further detail on how to go about making the changes for either option.  I can only talk about Option 1 here since this is the only approach I’ve been able to test on my machine.  (This is also the only option I’m comfortable doing — that’s just me.)

In summary, the steps for Option 1 are as follows:

Note: Plan ahead.  These steps will only take effect for any new user accounts created.  It will not apply to the user account that executed these changes.

1. Create a new folder to house the profile folders in another partition.  In my example, I’m relocating the profile folders in a new E:\Users folder.

2. Copy the original Default profile folder in C:\Users to E:\Users.

  • By default this “Default” directory is hidden, so in File Explorer you need to go to View > Options > View (tab) > Show Hidden files, folders, and drivers.
  • If you upgraded from a previous version of Windows, then you might see other “Default” folders; copy these, too, such as “Default.migrated” and “DefaultAppPool.”  (I don’t think such is necessary, but to be safe copy these as well.)

3. Copy the original Public profile folder in C:\Users to E:\Users.

Default folder location

4. Open the Registry Editor and navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList.

5. Change the value of the Default, Public, Profile Directory keys to the new paths inside the E:\Users, accordingly.

6. Restart the machine.

From this point forward, any new user created and who logs in to the machine will have a new user profile that’s located in the new location.  The Internet cache folders of Microsoft Edge will be saved in the new location you specified for user profiles.  Any temporary folders and files will also be saved in this location.

The default save location for all new files is still pointing to the operating system partition.  If you prefer to have the default save location in another location then do one of the following (you only need to choose one option):

Option 1: Go to Settings > System > Storage.  Reconfigure the save locations of all documents and files to another partition.  Open File Explorer and check that a new folder using your user name has been created, with new folders for documents and other files.

 

Storage locations

Option 2: Open File Explorer and re-set location settings of the Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos, Downloads, etc. folders.  Right-click the File Explorer folder concerned to open its properties, and go to the tab where the location is specified; change the target locations from here.

Set location of folders

 

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