Block by Registry policy setting

tomt328
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I am begin plagued by the following error:
"You are attempting to save a file type that is blocked by your registry policy setting"
I get it when I open an XML file in excel 2003 and try to save it as a Lotus spreadsheet (WK4)
Normally, I run the UnblockExcel.reg file and it clears it up.
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Excel\Security\FileOpenBlock]
"LotusandQuattroFiles"=dword:00000000
"LegacyBinaryFiles"=dword:00000000
"LegacyDatabaseAndDatasourceFiles"=dword:00000000

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Excel\Security\FileSaveBlock]
"LotusandQuattroFiles"=dword:00000000
"LegacyBinaryFiles"=dword:00000000
"LegacyDatabaseAndDatasourceFiles"=dword:00000000

I've run the reg file but under the Admnistrator account but in this case, process is automated and running under a service (DirectoryWatcher) which logs in under the Local System Account so I think that's the problem.
This process is running on a Server 2003 OS.

How do I get these reg settings to apply to the Local System account?

Thanks,
Tom
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Commented:
I do not like using administrator accounts for services, but have you tried to have the service run with teh administrator account or (preferably) a user with administrator rights?

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For the SYSTEM account, edit the setting under the registry hive HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT.

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That works!  Thanks.

What problems could it cause to run it using the administrator account?

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It's usually more convenient to run services under SYSTEM when possible, since you then don't have to worry about the password changing.

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Shift-3,
That works, too.  I'm going to run it that way.

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I do not like using system accounts if possible because I feel they can sometimes have too many rights. I like to create a user with the appropriate rights and use that. You should not need to worry about passwords if you are not going to change them.

Preference really.

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