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Cannot Open E-Mail Attachments in Outlook Express After You Install SP1
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This article was previously published under Q329570
After you install Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1 (SP1) or Windows XP SP1 (both of which include Outlook Express 6 SP1), access to some of your e-mail attachments in Outlook Express may be removed. For example, you may experience any of the following symptoms:
This behavior occurs if the Do not allow attachments to be saved or opened that could potentially be a virus option is enabled, and the e-mail attachment is determined by Outlook Express to be "unsafe". By default, the Do not allow attachments to be saved or opened that could potentially be a virus option is enabled in Outlook Express 6 SP1. When this virus-protection feature is enabled, Outlook Express uses the Internet Explorer unsafe file list and the Confirm open after download setting in Folder Options to determine if a file is safe. Any e-mail attachment with a file type that is reported as "unsafe" is not downloaded, and access to the attachment is removed.
If you are sure that the attachment is safe to download or open, use the following method: NOTE: Because there are several versions of Microsoft Windows, the following steps may be different on your computer. If they are, see your product documentation to complete these steps.
Turn off the Option to Use the Unsafe File ListTo turn off the Do not allow attachments to be saved or opened that could potentially be a virus option:
IMPORTANT: The methods that are described in this article make it possible for you to obtain access to file attachments in Outlook Express. Download file attachments and scan them for viruses before you open them. To save file attachments so that you can scan them for viruses before you open them:
291387For additional information about the Internet Explorer unsafe file list, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/291387/EN-US/ )OLEXP: Using Virus Protection Features in Outlook Express 6
291369For additional information about how to obtain the latest service pack for Internet Explorer 6, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/291369/EN-US/ )Information About The Unsafe File List in Internet Explorer 6
328548For additional information about how to obtain the latest service pack for Windows XP, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/328548/EN-US/ )How to Obtain the Latest Service Pack for Internet Explorer 6
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322389/EN-US/ )How to Obtain the Latest Windows XP Service Pack
Article ID: 329570 - Last Review: September 28, 2011 - Revision: 6.0