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Admin Know-IT-All Question #15

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Today's Know-IT-All answer is:
d. Rebuild the INDEX.DAT file

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Users of Internet Explorer and Windows 2000 sometimes report a problem that at first appears to be a DNS issue, or a network problem in general, but is in fact due to a corrupt cache-management file in Internet Explorer. Since many Internet components in Windows embed IE as a way to render Web pages, either from a local drive or remotely, a corrupt IE cache can appear to be a bevy of problems in different guises.

The most common symptom of a corrupt IE cache is an error message when attempting to open a Web page. Usually the error message has the form:

"The page cannot be displayed
The page you are looking for is currently unavailable. The Web site might be experiencing technical difficulties, or you may need to adjust your browser settings."

The file that manages IE's local documents cache is called INDEX.DAT and is a hidden file that resides either in the Temporary Internet Files folder or in the Cookies folder. Since this file is generated on a per-user basis, some users on the same machine may have this problem and some may not.

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