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How To: Download Videos in Internet Explorer Easily

Have some videos that are your favorite and you would love to see them over and over again? Have some tutorials you want to watch step by step when you do not have an internet access?  You could download videos in Internet Explorer easily without using specially downloaded software and watch them whenever you want using this little known exploit.

Websites like KeepVid are available to allow users to download videos from multiple websites like YouTube, DailyMotion, MetaCafe and more. But such websites require Java plugins to run which has recently seen multiple vulnerabilities and hence is not the recommended option.

When a video is clicked to watch, the entire video is actually downloaded and saved to the computer’s browser cache. The next task is to find it and save it in a location you want to. Even though Internet Explorer 9 does an excellent job at hiding the cache, we can unhide it in a few easy steps. I will list out the process for a better understanding.

Configure Windows to show hidden Internet Explorer Cache

  1. In Windows 7 and Windows 8 this is done by opening the Windows Explorer and proceeding to the C: drive and then pressing the “Alt” key.
  2. Select the Folder Options command from the Tools Menu. When the Folder Options dialog box appears, go to the View tab and then click on the show Hidden Files, Folders and Drives option.
  3. Deselect the Hide Protected Operating system Files check box and the Hide Extensions for Known file Types check box. Select OK.
  4. Navigate through Windows Explorer to

    C:\Users\<your username>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files.

This folder contains most of the cached content used by Internet Explorer. To get the rest of the cached content is to get to a hidden folder, though Windows has been directed to display the hidden files and folders, the Temporary Internet Files folder contains a hidden folder that Windows will not show. But even if the folder is invisible it still can be accessed.

Access hidden Temporary Internet Files Folder

Go to the address bar and press backslash ( / ) key after Temporary Internet Files and then add Content .IE5.
The full path is as below-

C:\Users\<your user name>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5.
On visiting this path, a series of folders that contain the cached files is can be seen which brings us to ask – How do we know the files to download?

The most simplest easiest way to find the files that are to be downloaded is to clear the browser cache (by using the Safety | Delete Browsing History commands in Internet Explorer) and then go to the page that has the video that requires to be downloaded.
Clearing the browser cache initially will get rid of some of the clutter, making it easier to spot the video file while browsing the cache directories.

Another way to go about this would be to open a Command Prompt window, navigate to the path

C:\Users\<your user name>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5.

and then enter the following command:
DIR *.mp4 /s /p
This command will give the exact name and location of any Mp4 file in your Internet Explorer cache. Once the video file is located, it can be copied to another folder or to another device.

So no more waiting while watching that favorite video! Do let me know if you have any difficulty in the comments section and I will help you out.

Anand S

A techie who loves keeping track of the latest and the greatest in the industry.

  • Scot

    Thank you so much for this info! I tried it and was able to get rid of 250MB worth of temporary internet files! Anyway, the video file came out with this filename “123456789-QMD1UI.hq[1].dat” unfortunately it wouldn’t play on any media player I have even after I changed the .dat to a .mp4 extension. I tried a video converting software but it couldn’t recognize the file either.

    I hope you can help me out. :)