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IE cache is in C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Low\Content.IE5 and in an unencrypted form.

I want to change an image file in that folder and not have it change to the version the server thinks is correct until it either expires or I press Ctrl+F5. Reviewing the page/pressing F5 the image has to be the version I changed it to.

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Your unlikely going to have any luck doing this. The cache is handled between the browser and the server, if the either party says the cache should be update, the cache is updated. – Ramhound Feb 26 '13 at 12:20
The server updates the cache when it is expired. how can I fool the browser into thinking that its the correct file? – herring Feb 26 '13 at 12:22
@herring By writing an internet proxy that filters HTTP headers, or a browser plugin that does not refresh the cache. I don't think you can do that without writing some specialized software – BenjiWiebe Feb 26 '13 at 13:22
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