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By TechieRob ·
Hey all;
This is a very strange message that I have recieved:

"Your current security settings do not allow this file to be downloaded"

This message appears whenever I try to download executables (device drivers mainly). SP2 Blocks most other downloads automatically but does, for example let me bypass the message and download basically anything else. No other XPSP2 client on our network gets this message & they can download anything they like.

This behaviour leads me to believe that it isn't accociated with active directory; though I was a member of the "administrators" group but now I am not (security measures). Has anyone encounted this issue? Which registry or GPO settings control these kinds of download setings??

Running XPSP2; have tried disabling firewall -> same response. Other users with the firewall enabled have no problems with downloads. Only seems to happen with my account and with excutable files.

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by ReWrite In reply to Download security

2 easy things to start with:

1-check under internet options security and make sure you have downloads enabled.
2-check under internet options security and compare your activex options to users that do not have the download problem.

Cheers.

RW

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by TechieRob In reply to

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Default security settings, both in the initial and advanced tabs.

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by BFilmFan In reply to Download security

Are you an administrator on your local system?

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by TechieRob In reply to

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All users are administrators on their local machines. All users are part of "Domain Users"; this security group is set as the primary local administrator.

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by rindi1 In reply to Download security

Open internet options in control panel and select the security tab. Now you can edit your settings, particularly look at the "downloads" part. If you have automatic prompting for downloads disabled, you should be able to download files without further interaction.

There may also be other things which can cause that behaviour. If you are using a 3rd party download manager it may also have such options to set.

If you are mainly talking about exe files being sent to you by mail and you company has a mail server, there may be settings on that mailserver which prohibit the receiving of files with certain endings. if that is the case tell your contacts to send you program attachments zipped. Zipped files are usually allowed.

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by TechieRob In reply to

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No; I am straight downloading from the web. Our mail server filters have not interfered with web downloads before. Downloads are allowed in the security section of internet options. Trying to download from either FTP or www servers have the same message.

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by sgt_shultz In reply to Download security

that is weird. without knowing more i would try another profile a clean one if i could with the same rights as my old profile. i would look in the security log on the box for clues...
make sure you are not being mislead or assuming. what is the exact site(s) and file? for exzmple, is it a pdf?

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by TechieRob In reply to

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I will try a fresh profile; though I havent had to tamper with it before. Like i mentioned before; it happens for just .exe files. For example I can download the userguides at www.hp.com.au for their drivers; but I cannot download the drivers themselves.

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by TechieRob In reply to Download security

Had a go at replacing my profile with a fresh one and found that the profile didnt change anything. This led me to believe that there was some machine configuration that was preventing me from downloading. I got a bit irritated and repaired the windows installation; effectively rolling it back from SP2 to SP1a. After some serious glaring at my system it reinstalled fine. Re-connected my network profile and tested downloading from different sites - i managed to be able to get past the message and download the drivers! miracle. I noticed that upon a repair it doesn't actually register the applied updates again - so i have about 30 or so updates to install; good old SUS :)

Sgt_shultz's answer was the most helpful - please post again so i can give you these points :)

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