Internet Explorer Restriction "Always Prompt on Download"

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Article ID: 238723
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Symptoms

When you try to configure the following features in Internet Explorer 5, you may be unable to do so:
  • You may want to have Internet Explorer prompt you before downloading files other than the normal file types that generate a prompt, such as executable (.exe) files.
  • You may want to prevent an Internet Explorer user from disabling the "Always ask before opening this type of file" check box.

Resolution

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A supported fix is now available from Microsoft, but it is only intended to correct the problem that is described in this article. Apply it only to computers that are experiencing this specific problem. This fix may receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, Microsoft recommends that you wait for the next that contains this hotfix.

To resolve this problem immediately, contact Microsoft Product Support Services to obtain the fix. For a complete list of Microsoft Product Support Services phone numbers and information about support costs, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=fh;EN-US;CNTACTMS
NOTE: In special cases, charges that are ordinarily incurred for support calls may be canceled if a Microsoft Support Professional determines that a specific update will resolve your problem. The typical support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for the specific update in question.

The English version of this fix should have the following file attributes or later:

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DateTimeVersionSizeFile namePlatform
05/24/9911:30 a.m.5.00.2717.2400946,448 bytesShdocvw.dll(x86)


NOTE: To properly install the fix, you must modify the Internet Explorer 5 client computer registry as noted:

Location:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Restrictions
New Value: AlwaysPromptWhenDownload
Setting: DWORD 0x1

Status

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.

More information

The following file types that Internet Explorer 5 hosts natively do not generate the download prompt, even after you install this fix:
  • .htm
  • .html
  • .jpg
  • .bmp
  • .gif
  • .xml
  • .txt
Also, you will not be able to disable the download prompt for other file types after you install this fix.

Properties

Article ID: 238723 - Last Review: June 19, 2014 - Revision: 4.0
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This article was written about products for which Microsoft no longer offers support. Therefore, this article is offered "as is" and will no longer be updated.

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