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Security Warning Opening MS Access On Intranet

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Following a recent tech support incident with Microsoft's MSN Hotmail support to handle inaccessibility to my mail, I've begun having Open FIle Security warnings.  These occur when I attempt to open an MS Access database on my local intranet; the database residing on another machine. The database has been successfully opening for several years in this manner, with the C:\ drive of the hosting machine shared out.  After the Open File warning, Access continues to open but fails with the message - "Access acannot open the file, it is outside your intranet or resides on an untrusted site."

The MSN tech support incident did include some commands entered from START | Run.  Sorry, I didn't write them down.

The Operating system environment is WinXP SP3, and Office is 2003.  IE is version 7

While I've looked around in IE's Security settings, I don't see anything unusual having changed there, with intranet security still at Medium Low.

What can I try, so that I can access the database across my home network?
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was these the help you got from msn tech support? http://support.microsoft.com/kb/303650/en-us

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just to confirm is this mdb on a shared drive (even though u said c)
maybe add it to your trusted sites like this http://mcobit.business.nd.edu/kb/kb.cfm?Action=questiononly&qid=425
but Im reading it as you are not using a web address to access it?
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Rocki - UR correct, I'm not using a web address.  I simply created a shortcut on my desktop and was explicit in mapping it as follows: \\DELLDIMENSION\SCRDesktop\Desktop
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that ms article does mention lan drives and your address fits that. wonder if its worth trying out what ms says though
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I copied the UNC path reported in my response, above, and added it to the Trusted Sites under TOOLS | OPTIONS | Security.  It was automatically changed to appear as "File://DELLDIMENSION".  Subsequently, I successfully opened the database on DELLDIMENSION, the shared device.

I'm productive again, thanks!  (On submitting this, I will accept your solution)
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Cool!
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