IE11 normal Cookies are gone since Creators Fall Update

Since Windows 10 Creators Fall Update the normal Cookies in IE11 are gone.

In the folder where they used to be:

%USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies

there are now only a textfile named:

 "deprecated.cookie"

 that contains the line:

"Cookies are no longer stored in files.  Please use Internet*Cookie* APIs to access cookies."

So where are the Cookies stored now, and how to be able to Delete certain Cookies?

 

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I do not have ANY cookies for regular IE11 session. 

How are you looking?  Use the provided GUI (in Internet Options).   As ever you will see both the Cookies and the TIF in their "special view".

Here's the difference (summarizing the contents of the FE Address bar for each case):

shell:Cookies  =  %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\INetCookies

Special View  =  %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache

Note that you can filter out just the Cookies in the latter by doing a Ctrl-e Search for  Cookie.   When I do that with the shell:Cookies case with All Subfolders as a search option I see *many* more than the Special View shows but I don't think that is anything new.  The Special View has never included the Cookies in the Cookies\Low directory.  It has been unchanged this way since the Low directory was created for IE7.

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Here's the difference (summarizing the contents of the FE Address bar for each case):

shell:Cookies  =  %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\INetCookies

Special View  =  %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache

Note that you can filter out just the Cookies in the latter by doing a Ctrl-e Search for  Cookie.   When I do that with the shell:Cookies case with All Subfolders as a search option I see *many* more than the Special View shows but I don't think that is anything new.  The Special View has never included the Cookies in the Cookies\Low directory.  It has been unchanged this way since the Low directory was created for IE7.

Can't you READ: "I do not have ANY cookies for regular IE11 session."!

When using %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\INetCookies I get an empty folder, that used to be for regular IE11 cookies.

When using shell:cookies I arrive at the folder with the "deprecated.cookie" file ... that used to contain all cookies before Fall Update.

I have manually tried to look thru each and every folder underneath C:\USERS.

I have used File Explorer to Search for the word COOKIE on entire C: drive, without finding any more Cookies than those that are for when starting IE11 as Admin.

Sad to say - considering all personal settings I have, and have had ever since XP ... - this is starting to look like I need to clean the SSD, and install Fall Update from start again as a new installation...

Hours and yet again Hours to waste, not to mention a day or two, or three, to get all different prgs and settings back again, sigh ...

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I have used File Explorer to Search for the word COOKIE on entire C: drive, without finding any more Cookies than those that are for when starting IE11 as Admin.

Sounds like a permissions or options problem.  Reinstalling Windows just for that would be overkill but could change the symptom.

Instead of using File Explorer, let's find out whether *.Cookie are real using Administrator:  Windows PowerShell.

PS>gl

Path
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C:\

LS -Re -Fi "*.cookie" -Fo -EA:SilentlyContinue | where FullName -NotMatch "Windows.old|deprecated.cookie" | sort LastWriteTime | ft LastWriteTime, FullName -AutoSize -Wrap

Wow.  That's taking a long time...

I think they are real.

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I think they are real.

Those were all old.  Even looking with  LastAccessTime  shows that there were no new ones.  So, we would need to use ProcMon to see how Cookies are being used now (at least ones that end with .cookie).

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Did you find where the cookies are now? I am looking for them as well :)

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Did you find where the cookies are now? I am looking for them as well :)

Naaa, they are nowhere to be found.

It'll be a New Install of Win10, but since I want everything else back the way it was, it'll take some days ...

I can't understand why Microsoft themselves can't answer here - surely they MUST know where the H#&& the Cookies are ?!

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Yes that is weird. I also cannotfind the APIs they are alking about in the Depricated.cookie file.

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Had anyone find where the cookies are?


It is so weird.

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This "upgrade" is a PITA, Microsoft.

I'm sure it is for our benefit, though....

I delete cookies for specific sites all the time.

Now we require a 3rd party app to do what used to be integral to the OS.

It appears a free cookie manager   M A X A  (not an advertisement,  just a free tool I found that appears to do what I need)

does what one would need to manage specific cookies embedded into whatever this new system is

edit: their free version does not delete "IE UserData cookies...

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It's amazing guys, how after so many comments (most of which stupid and useless), nobody knows where the cookies are stored.

And please DO NOT answer again mentioning some folder in the file system like InetCache, InetCookies or others.

Cookies are no longer there !!! And that's why we are asking.

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