What would prevent me from running an executible form the desktop

Posted on 2008-11-14
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
I have just installed Server 2003 64bit. I have several applications that need to be installed from a network share but I keep getting an access denied error. I get the same error when I copy the executible to the desktop and run it. However, I can burn it to a CD and it will run just fine. Is there a setting that i can change to correct this problem?
Question by:CADRE308
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    This is a problem I have seen many times and is thankfully easy to fix.

    Open Control Panel>Add/Remove Programs and then Add/Remove Windows Components.  Look down the list for "Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration" and untick it. Click next and let the wizard run through.

    Now you must reboot your server for this to take effect.  After a reboot you will be able to run your exe files from the desktop.

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    Rt. click -> Properties -> Unblock
    Foreign files are blocked by.  Newish MS default behavior.
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    dathbo - Yes its caused by Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration.
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    by:Hedley Phillips

    I didn't know that, thanks for the info!

    "Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration" is also what stops you being able to view ANY web page in IE without first having to add it to your list of ok sites. It is so infuriating that it isn't even possible to go to Microsoft Updates without it popping up a warning and you having to add several to the list.

    "This zone has the same security settings as the Restricted sites zone. All Internet and intranet sites are assigned to this zone by default."

    It is one of the 1st things that I remove when I install a 2003 machine.
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    You could add the computer you are running the file from to the list of "trusted sites" in IE - it's easier than removing the enhanced security app.

    just add  \\servername   and/or  http://servername   to the list of trusted sites.
    Your "trusted" security settings should be relaxed enough to allow the app but it may still prompt you with a yellow shield warning.

    Author Closing Comment

    Thanks for the quick responce. I was aware of IE Security but did't realize it affected exe's as well.

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