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IE7 Security settings reset to default on Terminal server

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problem is on Windows Server 2003 standard (server works as Terminal Server)
I was installed IE8 trhough windows update after that i found some application compatibality issue so i downgrade from IE8 to IE7 as instructed by Microsoft KB article.

after that all user on terminal server has problem to download any files from the internet, always popup message comesup (i attached screen shot) "The security settings dont allow you to download from " i reset security settings to default level but its only effect on administrator account. all other users in terminal session cant set to default level.

how to reset IE7 settings to default level for all Terminal server user profiles so everybody has same settings as administrator and download files from internet sites.


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by:rhandels
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Hi,

This is the Enhanced Security configuration of Internet Explorer, this is installed by default on all servers.
You can  (and should) uninstall it on a Terminal Server. Go to Config Panel --> Add Remove Programs and then choose Windows Components.. You will see the box before the Enhanced Security Configuration being ticked.. Just untick it and click on next, this way the feature will be uninstalled..

Micrsoft did this so people are unable to internet on servers or at least think about what they are doing on a server :)
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by:sandypatel
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Enhansed security option already removed, even i try enable it  then restart the server and then disable it from Add remove programs, even though same problem

i found one more things that under IE7 security option " Default security level " and " reset default security lever for all zones" are grayout.

i dont understand why this buttons are grayout, how to enable it. i try to search but found registry key change but that apply for win XP and vista not for Windows 2003 server.


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That;s strangem, you are 100& sure that the Enhanced Security Option is uninstalled?? Because the error you are receiving implies that it is still installed... Also the fact that you are unable to change settings in the IE implies this behaviour..

You are the admin of the machine and are physically sitting behind it when installing and uninstalling features??

Also, changing reg keys that are used for XP and vista normally are the same for the Server 2003.. Only thing is that this enhanced security feature is not something you can install on a XP or Vista workstation..

Have you tried reinstalling IE yet??
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by:sandypatel
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i dont try to reinstalling IE7 yet,

yes i am Administrator of the machine and did physically sitting behing it install and uninstall features

yes i am 100% sure that Enhanced Security Option is uninstalled.

the registry key mention below
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Policies \ Microsoft \ Windows \              CurrentVersion \ Internet Settings

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ Software\ Policies \ Microsoft \ Internet Explorer \              Control Panel

HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Policies \ Microsoft \ Internet Explorer \              Control Panel

i dont fine these keys in windows 2003 registry
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There is a slight possibility that IE8 installed a security feature that you need to uninstall.. I would suggest completely removing the IE (if you are able to do so when users are not logged in) and reinstalling it...
 I will try and look up if there is a way of uninstalling this feature manually..
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