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Moving files on or from the desktop

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by n1ml, Feb 25, 2007.

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  1. n1ml

    n1ml Thread Starter

    Jan 9, 2005
    All of a sudden, I can't move or copy files or folders to other folders on the computer. I'm running Windows 2000 Pro. When I try to move something, I get a popup that says that I can't copy or move from this zone due to security settings. I can't find where I can change this. Can anyone direct me to the solution?
    I just noticed that I can move things on the C: drive into and out of folders. The problem appears to be related to moving things around on the desktop. If I try to move a file into a folder on the desktop, I get the cannot move into the zone due to security settings.
    This did happen once before but then it went away.
  2. meictech


    Dec 20, 2006
    mark - can you get to the items on your desktop using explorer, so C: .... documents and settings.....all users or your name or administrator...desktop . can you copy and move the files in the desktop directory ( do right click properties if no). can you make a new e.g. text file when you right click on the desktop ?
  3. bearone2

    bearone2 Banned

    Jun 4, 2004
    have shortcuts to the files on the desktop but do not have files on the desktop.
  4. n1ml

    n1ml Thread Starter

    Jan 9, 2005
    I went to Microsft and found the following:
    . Click Start, click Run, type mmc, and then click OK.
    2. On the Action menu, click Add/Remove Snap-ins.
    3. Click Add, click Group Policy, click Add, click Group Policy or Local Policy, and then click Finish.
    4. Click Close, and then click OK.
    5. Expand User Configuration, and then expand Windows Settings.
    6. Under Windows Settings, expand Internet Explorer Maintenance, and then click the Security object.
    7. In the right pane of Microsoft Management Console (MMC), double-click Security Zones and Content Ratings.
    8. Under Security Zones, click to select the Import the current security zones settings check box, and then click the Modify Settings button.
    9. Under the Select a Web content zone to specify its security settings section, click My Computer, and then click Custom Level in the Security level for this zone section.
    10. In the Security Settings section, scroll down to the Downloads section and change the option from Disabled to Enabled under File download.
    11. Under the Miscellaneous section, under the Drag-and-drop or copy and paste files option, if the option is set to Disabled, change the option to Enabled.
    I changed the Trusted Sites to have drag and drop. That fixed the problem.
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