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Solved: Security Settings won't let me download :(

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by bonniescot, Apr 18, 2007.

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  1. bonniescot

    bonniescot Thread Starter

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    Hi there

    When I try to download perfectly safe stuff, I get a message saying that my security settings will not allow me download the file.

    I have followed advice about changing the settings etc, however when I follow any of the steps, it either won't let me perform the actions OR, the settings just bounce back to what they were before.

    I no longer have an Active-X bar along the top to help with downloading.

    I read that if these don't work :::: (They don't for me)

    Try these two methods for changing the security...
    Try these two methods for changing the security settings
    Method #1
    1. To lower the security setting in Internet Explorer:
    2. In the browser's Tools menu, select Internet Options.
    3. In the Internet Options dialog box, click the Security tab.
    4. In the "Select a Web content zone" control, click the Internet icon.
    5. In the "Security level for this zone" area, reset security to Medium.
    6. Click OK.

    Method #2
    1. Select Tools Menu from Tool Bar
    2. Select Internet Options
    3. Select Security tab
    4. Select Custom Level button
    5. Scroll down to Downloads
    6. Under File Downloads - If the File Downloads is not disabled you will not be able to download files.
    To enable file downloads check the enable option.


    My only other option is mucking around with registry keys, which being a puter dunce and haven't a clue about anything like that, I'm not going to attempt.

    Is there ANYTHING else I can try (nice easy steps) that it going to allow me download stuff that I want from the internet.

    Thanks a lot

    Meg, Scotland, UK
     
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    Does you account have Administrator rights?
     
  3. bonniescot

    bonniescot Thread Starter

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    Hi there

    Yes it does :) And I'm the administrator. Do I need to do something there? Although it has, I'm the only one who uses the puter.

    Meg, Scotland, UK
     
  4. bonk

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    Have you tried creating another user and give them Admin rights and tried changing the Security levels

    Also what protection Anti-Virus and Firewall do you have?
     
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    Hi there

    I have not yet tried creating another user with Admin rights, I'll give that a go. I only have the windows firewall, which I keep off most of the time. I have AOL anti-virus which runs all the time in the background, unless I close it off.

    Perhaps, closing that off, and then trying to download may help? Never thought of that, although I do think it's Windows security that's causing the problem.

    I'll try creating another user with admin rights meantime.

    Thanks :)

    Meg, Scotland, UK
     
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    Keep us posted
     
  7. bonniescot

    bonniescot Thread Starter

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    Hi Again :)

    Thanks for all your help. It seems it must have been my anti-virus software running in the background that was holding me back. I shut it all down and hey-presto, downloading was a piece of cake :) Creating another account etc did not work, as I tried that first of all. So thanks again for all the help. Another case solved :)

    Meg, Scotland, UK
     
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    Great news.....yes that was my second choice that either your firewall of AV was the culprit.

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