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I put some shortcuts in my "links" toolbar at the bottom of my win7 laptop. These include IE, Notepad, and some others. When I click these, I get the stupid and pointless "Open File - Security Warning" message and I always have to confirm that I want to continue. I solved this on my other win7 PC by doing the following in Group Policy:

User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Attachment Manager -> Inclusion List for Low File Types

I set it to Enabled, and included: ".exe;.bat;.lnk"

This worked great on my other win7, but doesn't work on this one. One big difference is that this pc is attached to my work's domain. So I fear that the domain-level group-policies are overriding my local. Yet it allows me to change and save these settings. How can I tell if I'm being overridden? And is there any other way to accomplish what I'm trying to do?
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It's probably something to do with IE security. So, give this a try.

Open IE, goto Tools>Internet Options
Click 'Security' tab
Select 'Internet'
Click 'Custom Level...'
Scroll down to 'Miscellaneous'
Scroll to 'Launching applications and unsafe files'
Select 'Enable (not secure)'
Click Apply then OK etc
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by:SweatCoder
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wellhole,

That did fix it...but it also caused windows and IE to freak out. Ominous security warnings each time I launch IE from the toolbar. I'm thinking this might actually be a warning I should heed. On the other PC I did not have to change that setting - just the group policy.

Any other ideas?
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If your programs don't rely specifically on IE. You could change your browser. This will most certainly avoid any warning popups.
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I don't see how it has anything to do with the browser. These are shortcuts in my Links toolbar at the very bottom of Win7. Using a different browser isn't going to change the fact that launching Notepad from the toolbar causes this security warning.
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Note: I tried this: http://www.petri.co.il/forums/showthread.php?t=3871

But it didn't do any good - maybe I'm doing something wrong.
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I found the answer:

User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Attachment Manager -> Inclusion List for Moderate File Types

It seems that in some situations the "Low" file types worked, so best to modify both.

Nothing to do with IE browser.

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Found solution on my own, see above.
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