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Can Administrator View User Browsing History in IE7?


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Posted 25 March 2010 - 01:16 PM

I am running Windows XP and Internet Explorer v. 7. I am the administrator and, as class instructor, need to check that the internet is not misused. Logged in as Administrator and in IE 7, I clicked on Tools/Internet Options. On the General tab of the Internet Options dialog box I located the Browsing History section and clicked on Settings. In the Temporary History and Internet Files dialog box I clicked on View. The path to the history files was shown as C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files. The Local settings folder was not visible when I tried to follow this path. In Control Panel/Folder Options/View I selected "Show hidden files and folders". This made Local Settings folder visible, but not the Temporary Internet Files folder. I also removed the check from "Hide protected operating system files." I can now see a folder labeled Temporary Internet Files as well as one labeled History. I can open these folders, since they are my folders.

To view the user's History, I follow the path C:\Documents and Settings\Student9\Local Settings and can see both Temporary Internet Files and History folders. However, I cannot open the History folder and can't see any of the browsing history files or cookie files in the Temporary Internet Files folder.

Is there a way to make this visible? I have adults taking this class that want to be able to check the browsing history of their children. On older versions of Internet Explorer I thought that this was possible. Is this an issue only because I am using IE 7 with Windows XP?

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