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Access files on C Drive from IE8

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I have an internal application where I read the contents of the desktop and present list to user, who can then click on a link to that file.

Problem is that only files that are on the network are launched, not those on the C drive.

I know that this is a security setting in IE but can't find it ...

I also understand the security risks, but this is a trusted site.

Peter
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by:tskelly082598
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typing in  C: opens on my computer with no security setting changes.

It displays file:///c:/
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by:Neurom
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Perhaps this option you're looking for: IE Tools --> Internet Options --> Advanced --> Security --> Allow active content
to run in files on My Computer

Anyway to open a local file, just put "file:///" before the path of the file you want to open, without no security setting changes, as said tkelly.

Example: "file:///C:/document.txt"

Hope this help
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by:pambrose1
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Hmmm ... seems to ring a bell ... changed the security setting, but still, when I click on the link, nothing happens  ...

I can read the contents, so looks like I have access to read, but it's the click that fails
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by:pambrose1
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Screenshot showing filelist but no clicking works!
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by:Neurom
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So probably the error is in 'application that builds links to local files on your desktop. You can see the HTML source to find links that generates by the application?
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by:pambrose1
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Nope - it works absolutely fine with files located on the windows server - just those on the local machine-  I've seen this before but can't remember how to fix it...
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Have had a look at this - the iexplore.exe in the registry is already set to 1 so don't think that's the problem - its a security setting in IE I seem to recall...
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by:ErwindeVries
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Its seems that internet explorer is not the problem if the site is added to trusted sites then IE is not the problem. This application shows the files but clicking them does nothing. So its either the apllication or the rights on the files. Please make sure the rights have been set appropriate. Maybe compare them with the rights on the server. Cause they work on the server the same settings might fix the problem on the local level. If its not that it must be the application.
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Its a registry security setting that you need to set; even putting the documents in the trusted zone will not work with local files any more.

HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Lockdown_Zones\0\2101

Set 2101 to 0 (the default value being 3)
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