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Q: File can not be written to cache. ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: File can not be written to cache.
Category: Computers > Internet
Asked by: sstowers-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 13 Jan 2003 06:20 PST
Expires: 12 Feb 2003 06:20 PST
Question ID: 142007
I'm trying to download transaction type data (e.g. QIF) from various
investment/bank web sites using Internet Explorer so that I can import
it into Quicken.  I routinely did this for the past several years but
now something has changed on my computer or Internet Explorer thus
producing an error message when I try saving the file to my computer. 
When I select the transaction data I desire and select the option to
save the file to my desktop, I get the message "file could not be
written to cache."  I get this message when I try downloading data
from three different institutions thus, it must be something wrong
with my IE or computer settings.  My question:  What is the cause of
this problem and how can I fix it so that I can download my
transaction data?

Request for Question Clarification by bio-ga on 14 Jan 2003 18:28 PST

Can you please clarify which version of IE are you using (by selecting
Help -> About). Please include all the detail you see, like:

Version: 6.0.xxxx.yyyy.xpsp1.020828-1920
Cipher Strength: 128-bit


Clarification of Question by sstowers-ga on 14 Jan 2003 19:05 PST

My browser information is:

Internet Explorer: 5.50.4522.1800CO
Cipher Strength: 128-bit
Update version: SP1

Please note that I was able to download the QIF files from my computer
several weeks but now something has changed on my system. 
Additionally, I'm able to download the files from another computer so
I know the download process still works for those sites.

Also, I checked the security settings in the "Advanced Tab" via the
menu path - Tools-> internet options as referenced in a Microsoft
document - everything appears to be in order.



Request for Question Clarification by bio-ga on 14 Jan 2003 19:58 PST

Does the Microsoft document you mention tell *not* to check "Do not
save encrypted pages to disk" option? Did you remove the check on this


Request for Question Clarification by sublime1-ga on 14 Jan 2003 21:17 PST

Just out of curiosity, see what happens if you choose
a different location than Desktop. Create a directory 
at high level so it's easy to find in the download 
dialog and later, in Windows Explorer, such as C:\a\
Then try saving the download to that directory instead.
Let me know how this works out.


Clarification of Question by sstowers-ga on 15 Jan 2003 07:36 PST

Yes, the Microsoft article said to "deselect the checkbox" for the
security item "Do not save encrypted pages to disk."


When I click on the option to save to disk, I get the pop-up "can not
write file to cache" before prompted to select the location to save

Subject: Re: File can not be written to cache.
Answered By: bio-ga on 15 Jan 2003 16:04 PST
Rated:4 out of 5 stars

According to this technical support document on ABN Amro Netherlands
(an online bank), the problem is related with Internet Explorer
versions 5 or 5.5 Service Pack 1 (which you happen to be currently

Wanneer ik mijn mutaties wil downloaden verschijnt de foutmelding:
'File could not be written to cache'. Vervolgens kan ik mijn mutaties
niet op schijf opslaan. Wat moet ik doen?

Dit probleem kan zich voordoen met Microsoft Internet Explorer 5 en
5.5 Service Pack 1.
Op de site van Microsoft kunt u een update ophalen die dit probleem
U dient uw browser te upgraden naar de versie 6.x, 5.5 Service Pack 2
of 5.0 Service Pack 2. Kies hiervoor in de Microsoft Internet Explorer
voor 'tools/extra' en ga naar 'windows update'. Download en installeer
de voor u relevante update.

Which documents that the problem is related to Internet Explorer
versions 5 or 5.5 Service Pack 1. You can resolve it by upgrading to
version 6.x, 5.5 SP 2 or 5.0 SP 2. You can click Tools -> Windows
Update in the Internet Explorer menu.

Hope this helps

Clarification of Answer by bio-ga on 15 Jan 2003 16:09 PST
Just a small note for those who may have the same problem... First of
all read the following Microsoft document and clear the "Do not save
encrypted pages to disk" check box. Sstowers-ga has already done this
but it did not solve this particular problem:;en-us;302109


When you attempt to save a file from a Web site with Microsoft
Internet Explorer, you may receive an error message similar to one of
the following:
Internet Explorer cannot download the file <filename> from <Web site
address>. IE was not able to open this internet site. The requested
site is either unavailable or can not be found Please try again later.
Internet Explorer cannot download <filename> from <Web site address>.
The file cannot be written to the cache.


This behavior can occur when all the follow conditions are true:

    * The Web page is part of a secured site.

    * The file you are attempting to download is encrypted.

    * The Internet Explorer setting Do not save encrypted pages to
disk is selected.


To work around this issue, follow these steps:

   1. Start Internet Explorer.
   2. On the View menu, click Internet Options.
   3. On the Advanced tab, clear the Do not save encrypted pages to
disk check box.
   4. Browse to the page where you received the error.
   5. Right-click the file link, click Save Target As, select a
destination, and then click Save.

Clarification of Answer by bio-ga on 16 Jan 2003 08:22 PST

Thanks for the rating and the tip. If you need further clarification
please let me know.

sstowers-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $10.00
Thank you so much.  I appreciate your help.

Subject: Re: File can not be written to cache.
From: select-ga on 14 Jan 2003 13:35 PST
Unfortunatly there is no way around this.

In order to protect your information from been left in your computers
cache,(and therefore allowing someone else to view it later) many web
sites block the pages from been cached on your computer.

Some banks do offer options to download info into quicken/money for
that you would need to check with your bank ( email the cust service
on the web site)

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