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Set Internet Explorer Cache Size via IE, Registry or Group Policy

If your Internet explorer cache is always full, you might want to increase the cache size. Depending on your needs (user, sys admin, etc.) you can set the internet explorer cache size via IE, Registry or Group Policy. I’ll explain all three methods here!

Set Internet Explorer Cache Size

1. Set Internet Explorer Cache Size via IE

The easiest way to set the cache size is via the IE. To do that, open up the Internet Explorer.

1. Step Open the Tools and select the Internet Options at the bottom:
Internet Explorer: Tools - Internet Options

2. Step Click on “Settings”:
Internet Explorer Settings Windows 7

3. Step Enter a different cache size than the default 50MB. Set it to 250MB if you have a lot of free disk space!

Change Internet Explorer Cache Size via IE

Set Internet Explorer Cache Size via IE

The registry key for the cache size is:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre ntVersion\Internet Settings\5.0\Cache\Content\Cache Limit

Check the option “Decimal” and enter a KB value, e.g. ~150000 for about 150MB

Set Internet Explorer Cache Size via Registry

Set Temporary Internet Files Cache Size Via Group Policy

1. Step Click on start and enter gpedit.msc into the search field
2. Step Uncollapse “User Configuration”, Windows Settings, Internet Explorer Maintenance.

Internet  Explorer Maintenance Advanced

3. Step Right-click on “Internet Explorer Maintenance” and select “Preference Mode”
4. Step Now click on “Advanced” (that just appeared)
5. Step Double-click on “Corporate settings”

6. Step Select Temporary Internet Files (User) or Temporary Internet Files (Machine) to set the Internet Explorer Cache size for each user or machine.

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Published: Sunday, March 21st, 2010 Last Modified: May 26, 2013

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