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Posted on 2007-10-04
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Within my organization, all the users are low privileged i.e. they do not have the administrative right to install/unistall anything. Everytime, the "File download" automatically disables and then we have to go in and enable it manually under security settings. This happens quite frequently i.e. it disables automatically. I checked various sites but could not find a solution. Is there anything which can be done to prevent this from happening.

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by:PowerIT
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Are you using group policies? Are the PC's member of an AD domain?

J.
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by:Reeds
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Yes, the workstations ans users are memebers of an Active Directory domain
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by:PowerIT
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Then you can implement the setting in a group policy. No need to manually change it then.
You can find it either under computer or user configuration, depending if you want to implement this at machine or user level / OU. Then Administrative Templates / Windows Components / Internet Explorer / Security Features / Restrict File Download.

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by:Reeds
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I went in there (under REstrict File Download). It has 3 Settings:
 Internet Explorer Processes
Process List
All Processes

Should I enable all 3? Please advise

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by:Reeds
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Currently all the three settings are "not configured". So there is no policy to block or unblock files. I checked at the domain level, user level and also workstation level.
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OK, now enable the correct setting on one of your group polices and see if the erratic behaviour stops.

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by:Reeds
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So, should I disable "Internet Explorer Processes", "Process List" and "All Processes"?
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I'm sorry, I was in a hurry and gave you the wrong advice. Those settings are for non-user initiated downloads.
Just for arguments sake I'll respond to the wrong advice.
Depends on what you want: Just for IE: "Internet Explorer Processes". This will stop other processes downloading.
If you want every process (e.g. also Firefox, Antivirus etc ...) to allow, the All Processes.
Or with Process List you can choose yourself which processes.
Sounds logical ;-) But it's only for system initiated downloads

And know the real answer to your question, for user initiated downloads:
Again, you can find it either under computer or user configuration, depending if you want to implement this at machine or user level / OU. Then Administrative Templates / Windows Components / Internet Explorer / Internet Control Panel / Security Page / Internet Zone. You'll find the setting 'Allow File Dowloads'. Enable it.

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Thanks. I did what you said. Let's see if it solves the problem we are having.
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