How to check for 404 without throwing an exception?

I want to check for the availability of a file on a web server, using the .net framework. I can easily use a WebClient or WebRequest to attempt to get data from the URL, then catch the exception that is thrown if the requested file doesn't exist.

But I want to perform this check without exceptions - I don't like using exceptions to control program flow. Is there a way to get the headers back from the web server and check them myself, or to tell some framework class to just get me the data and ignore the 404 indication in the header?
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jgr4Asked:
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winsoftechConnect With a Mentor Commented:
u can use xmlhttp method to call the page
using xmlhttp.open(url,'','')
this will rerutn status (xmlhttp.status)
if page is not present then it will return 404

u can use this to check for 404 without throwing an exception

it's not complete code u have to find on xmlhttp
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HouseMusicCommented:
You can use the custom errors section of your web.config to redirect them to a specific error page for that error (i.e. errorpage.aspx) and handle it in that "errorpage.aspx"

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jgr4Author Commented:
winsoftech - that's a good hint and I'll give you the points if nothing better comes along, but I'm really looking for a way to do this from inside the .NET framework. I'm doing this from what will be a freeware app and I don't want to deal with versioning issues.

HouseMusic - I'm the client, not the server. This is a windows app looking for files on other people's webservers.
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