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If I browse to a static web page that contains a direct link to a zip file, will IE 8 attempt to pre-download the zip file? Or would it in any way send a GET request for that specific file without me clicking on the link explicitly?

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No, it will not.

Preload grabs html/js/images only. Basically things that are required to render a page.

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