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Your current security settings do not allow this file to be downloaded

Ever get the error: “Your current security settings do not allow this file to be downloaded”? You will normally only see this error if you are on a server or your network administrator has played a really mean joke on you.

To get rid of the error “your current security settings do not allow this file to be downloaded” you must follow these steps.

  • Open Internet Explorer browser
  • Go to Tools menu
  • Select Internet Options
  • Go to Security tab
  • Select Internet zone
  • Click on "Custom level…”
  • Under Downloads category, enable the option "File download"
  • Under Miscellaneous category, select Prompt (recommended) for the option "Launching applications and unsafe files"
  • Under Miscellaneous category, select Prompt (recommended) for the option "Launching programs and files in an IFRAME"
  • Validate the changes by clicking on OK
  • Leave the Internet Options
  • Close the browser
  • Re-open it, this issue should be fixed

After doing all this you should never have to worry about seeing that pesky error: “Your current security settings do not allow this file to be downloaded”.

*NOTE* – I don’t recommend doing this on a production server! You should always download items on your workstation using a non-admin account. I only recommend doing this on test servers or Server->Workstation conversions where the security isn’t really needed as much.


12 Responses

  1. The warning “your current security settings do not allow this file to be downloaded” started appearing on my machine some months ago, and I have not been able to get past it. I have tried your suggestion and various others to no avail. I am using Windows 7. Do you have any other ideas? I would really appreciate some help.

  2. Stuart Duncan on December 14th, 2010 at 9:40 am
  3. Finally!–a solution that worked. Thanks!

  4. Michael Hummel on April 18th, 2011 at 11:25 am
  5. It worked. Thanks

  6. Fikret on September 27th, 2011 at 7:33 am
  7. It comes up om my Windows 7 laptop not when I download, but at completely random times – usually when I am just reading my email.
    Any guess as to why?
    Thanks.

  8. Anonymous on October 19th, 2011 at 7:20 am
  9. Thats didnt work for me either but what I did then try after hours of smashing my head againts the desk was right click save target as.. and that worked for me. lol Go figure

  10. Paul on October 25th, 2011 at 7:57 am
  11. It did not solve my problem at all. The settings were already set like that!

    Paul’s suggestion did help – thanks! Problem still there but now I can function.

  12. Dan on October 30th, 2011 at 7:14 pm
  13. Brilliant! Simple and easy to follow (we are not ALL pc geeks!) Next problem. Why cant I empty my deleted items box? I have windows vista. Kind regards. Robert

  14. Robert Bateman on April 2nd, 2012 at 10:18 pm
  15. Each of the settings suggested are default settings, and it is still happening??

  16. Linda on May 5th, 2012 at 5:20 pm
  17. Worked thanks:-)

  18. shrikant on August 2nd, 2012 at 1:05 am
  19. Thanks Man.It is resolved.

  20. pokri on June 2nd, 2013 at 8:01 am
  21. Thanks that works

  22. Awdhut on September 11th, 2013 at 9:38 pm
  23. Wow, great article that probably is used by millions! Thanks!

  24. Susan on September 18th, 2013 at 9:32 pm

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