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GUEST,meemee 29 May 09 - 03:13 AM
SteveMansfield 29 May 09 - 04:23 AM
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Subject: Tech: windows cache
From: GUEST,meemee
Date: 29 May 09 - 03:13 AM

How can I stop Windows Vista from caching a web page?


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Subject: RE: Tech: windows cache
From: SteveMansfield
Date: 29 May 09 - 04:23 AM

Are you the creator/upkeeper of the page, or the end user?

If you're the page creator, and want to make sure that it doesn't get cached at the client, add the following two tags to the title section of the page:
        META http-equiv="Pragma" content="no-cache"
        META http-equiv="CACHE-CONTROL" content="NO-CACHE"

(You'll have to enclose those two lines in the usual opening and closing angle brackets, but the Mudcat text editor quite sensibly won't let me do that).

In addition you can belt-and-braces by enforcing the no-cache through the code-behind, but I'm guessing that's not applicable here.


If, however, you're just the end-user visiting the site and want to make sure it isn't cached: set your browser to check for a new version of the page every time you visit the page (in Internet Explorer that's Tools menu, Options, the General tab, Settings, select 'Every time I visit the page') and also clear your cache (IE = Tools menu, Options, the General tab, Settings, Delete). I've not got Firefox on this machine but the equivalent command are somewhere in the Tools menu.

Or if you've gone up to Internet Explorer 8 or the latest Firefox betas, use the 'Private Browsing' mode, which doesn't write to your cache ...

And if you're looking at a page and want to be absolutely certain you've got the latest version, hit to force a full reload of the page (in both IE and Firefox).


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Subject: RE: Tech: windows cache
From: SteveMansfield
Date: 29 May 09 - 04:25 AM

And if you're looking at a page and want to be absolutely certain you've got the latest version, hit to force a full reload of the page (in both IE and Firefox).

Oops, didn't spot that in the preview - that should be

hold down the 'Ctrl' key and press the 'F5' key


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Subject: RE: Tech: windows cache
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 29 May 09 - 04:28 AM

FIREFOX - tools - options - privacy - history - days=0

Sincerely,
Gargoyle


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Subject: RE: Tech: windows cache
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 29 May 09 - 04:41 AM

If you stop any computer from caching anything, you stop the computer.

In order to perform any operation, any computer must copy the program and data to RAM. Since RAM is seldom sufficient to hold all the information needed for operation, the program and data must be written to cache, in the form of Temporary files, from which it can be swapped into and out of RAM to perform necessary "computing" functions.

If you mean "how do I stop Vista from displaying a page from memory instead of downloading a fresh page?" that setting is made in your browser.

In IE, click Tools on the top toolbar, select Internet Options, On the General Tab, at Browsing History, where it says "Delete Temporary Files etc." click the button labelled "Settings" and select one of the options to tell IE when to check for new pages.

I can't advise how to change the settings for other browsers, since I'm not smart enough to manage more than one, so I don't have any others.

If you mean "How do I keep Vista from remembering where I've visited" about the best you can do is a Disk Cleanup that can delete all your Temporary files. You can delete most temp files in IE, but a program that is open cannot be deleted, so the best procedure is to close all programs except Windows Explorer, Right-click on a drive and select properties. On the general tab, click "Disk Cleanup."

If you mean "I've been naughty and need to keep the government agents from finding evidence of it," you need to reformat all your drives, then smash them into little pieces, burn the pieces in a fire hot enough to melt most of them, and then dissolve what's left in strong chemicals and get new drives. Like all operating systems, Vista keeps some logs that are necessary for "diagnostics and repair" that are very difficult even to find let alone to remove completely. There are enough of them that it's impossible to tell which one(s) might contain the information you find embarrassing. The intent is not to convict you of anything, but any of them could possible contain something incriminating.

John


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Subject: RE: Tech: windows cache
From: GUEST
Date: 29 May 09 - 07:11 AM

John - to find "incriminating evidence" - use the "time stamps" - hex-dec
    Please note that anonymous posting is no longer allowed at Mudcat. Use a consistent name [in the 'from' box] when you post, or your messages risk being deleted.
    Thanks.
    -Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Tech: windows cache
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 29 May 09 - 03:02 PM

(You'll have to enclose those two lines in the usual opening and closing angle brackets, but the Mudcat text editor quite sensibly won't let me do that).

Like:

<META http-equiv="Pragma" content="no-cache">
<META http-equiv="CACHE-CONTROL" content="NO-CACHE">

?

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John


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