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Hi,

I've received a soft copy (on CD) of the following web site

http://www.matronics.com/rv-list/bunnys-guide/rv/bunny/index.html

I copied the content to my hard drive and tried to view the site (locally). I experience two problems:

1. IE 6.xx (I run WinXP with SP2) complains about it wanting to show active content. (security bar at top of page)
2. When I click the security warning to allow the blocked content to be shown, the site fails to load the tree control in the left hand frame.

Firstly, it seems it bit odd that it's happy to allow the content when I'm viewing the site off the web, but not off my local hard drive. Any idea why this is?

Secondly, to solve the problem I was thinking about adding the site to my list of trusted sites. The problem I'm having is: How do I add a web site that is not served up by a http server, but simply exists on my local hard drive to the trusted zone? All my attempt to hard code a path name or using UNC paths have failed.

(See Control Panel->Internet Options->Security tab. Click Trusted sites icon, then Sites button)

Any ideas?

Regards,
Leonard

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by:Asta Cu
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Wow, that's an interesting one, Leonard.  Very interested in this as well, since my brother is planning on trying a similar type of CD installation with XP SP2.  Listening to learn.
Thought perhaps the Information Bar might give some help, in reading this for him the other day:
Active content blocked
In Windows XP SP2, when the active content is blocked from running in the Local Computer zone, the Information Bar will appear.

The Information Bar includes descriptive text that explains why the action was taken and provides a context-sensitive menu that you can use to respond to the notification. The following table lists the text that will appear in the Information Bar and the actions that you can select from the menu:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;843017&Product=windowsxpsp2

Do you have Administrator access when you've attempted these things?
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Also checked the source there, no pop ups, so using the Pop Up Blocker modification in the Privacy tab of IE likely has no impact to this HD installation.  Very intriguing.
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Did you try IE - Tools - internet options - privacy tab - settings and then pasting this
http://www.matronics.com/rv-list/bunnys-guide/rv/bunny/index.html
to allow and modify settings, then close IE and try again?

I had no problems accessing any levels with tight security in XP SP2 and IE at that link.
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by:Asta Cu
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Sorry for the sporatic responses here, I think in spurts (and am at work).

Since the Tree is in frames and JavaScript, thought this might shed some light:

In Windows XP Service Pack 2, the frames object is now wrapped with a security wrapper. When the new object caching feature is enabled, this security wrapper is applied. Therefore, access to all cached objects is blocked. This may cause the frames object comparison to return false even though the frames are equal.
More here.
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;884697&Product=windowsxpsp2

Clearing cache, temporary internet files including offline content and history files as well as old cookies that you may have used prior to the upgrade and trying access again may resolve this due to the information found above.
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by:jetbet
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Astaec,

Thanks for the reply. To repeat:

I don't have any problems when I view the site on the web. It's when I copy to site on my local hard drive that I'm experiencing problems.

Thanks

Ps. Yip, I'm running as Admin
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by:jetbet
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Astaec,

Tried your advice. No luck unfortunately. It would seem logical that I should be able to say: "This content is completely trusted. Allow it to do as it pleases". Which is what brought me to the 'adding local HDD content to the trusted zone' question.

Regards,
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I understand, thanks for clarifying this.  I'm out of my element here, others better skilled in this area will likely step in soon to help you.

I thought this "might" be a workaround as a registry edit, but really unclear, so only sharing to see if it adds any value to your exploration.
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;883969&Product=windowsxpsp2
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Correction, my brother already tried all this as well and just told me he's hit the same roadblocks.  I've opened a question of my own on his behalf in the Windows XP area and his situation mirrors yours, so hopefully we'll all get some help.  I'll share the link and post results here as well; not for points, but to learn if/when anything meaningful and helpful is found.

Best wishes, off to console my brother.

":0) Asta
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Here's the one I'm working for my brother.  Found something I thought might help, but listening for other expertise on the matter, since I haven't checked his system yet but will shortly.

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/WinXP/Q_21148728.html
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Will be testing the recommendation made in my question by Sunray, which is this and sounds promising.
http://www.winxptutor.com/lmzunlock.htm
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http://msdn.microsoft.com/security/productinfo/XPSP2/securebrowsing/lockdown_devimp.aspx also cited and very informative.

Am exploring all of these for our own problems but sharing in case they help you as well.
An alternative is to create a separate application that hosts the HTML content Internet Explorer Web Object Control (WebOC). The HTML is then no longer bound by the same rules that apply to content run in Internet Explorer. When the HTML content runs in that other process, it can have full rights as defined by the developer or zone policy for that process.

Hats off to Sunray, I really think this will work for us.  Hopefully it'll be a workaround for you as well.

I'll be offline for a while but hope to check back sometime tomorrow or Thursday.
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This from a top notch expert looks like it'll resolve our roadblocks; will work with him on it this weekend.

Accepted Answer from sramesh2k
Date: 09/28/2004 09:31PM PDT
Sunray's link is your ticket. I'd recommend the "Mark of the web" method rather than renaming the HTM to HTA or enabling the Active Content option.
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by:jetbet
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Thanks that "Mark of the web" approach was just the ticket. Thanks for your time and effort.
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Thought so; hats off and gratitude to sramesh2K and Sunray who pointed me to his excellent information which helped us all.  I'm so pleased.  
Will apply this to my brother's system this weekend and will make good use of this information for the various webs I have and will be handling in the same fashion on another newly upgraded XP SP2 system.

This has been quite an adventure for me, and love the outcome.  Thank you also for the fine grade.

Best wishes,
Asta
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