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Cannot View Page When You Use a FILE:// URL
Article ID: 306094 - View products that this article applies to.
This article was previously published under Q306094
When you click on a file:// URL that points to a file for which you do not have the required permissions, Internet Explorer may generate the following generic error message:
Page cannot be displayed / Cannot find server or DNS Error.
This problem occurs under the following conditions:
To work around this problem, use HTTP:// URLs instead of FILE:// URLs.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.
In the preceding scenario, Internet Explorer calls Urlmon.dll to bind to the FILE:// URL. URLMON uses the SMB protocol to request the file. Because the client does not have proper permissions on the file, the server sends back an "ACCESS DENIED" error. URLMON handles this error as a generic error, and displays the "Page cannot be displayed / Cannot find server or DNS Error" error message.
Article ID: 306094 - Last Review: January 31, 2007 - Revision: 3.2