You may be unable to run an executable file or a script file from a UNC path when you have Windows Internet Explorer 7 installed on a Windows Server 2003-based computer

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When you try to run an executable file or a script file from a universal naming convention (UNC) path on a Windows Server 2003-based computer that has Windows Internet Explorer 7 installed, you may receive the following error message:
Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item.

CAUSE

This issue may occur if the Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration component of Windows Server 2003 is enabled for Windows Internet Explorer 7.

RESOLUTION

To resolve this issue, use one of the following methods.

Method 1: Add the UNC path of the network location to the Trusted sites zone of Windows Internet Explorer 7

To add the UNC path of a network location to the Trusted sites zone, follow these steps:
  1. Close all active Windows Internet Explorer 7 windows.
  2. Start Windows Internet Explorer 7.
  3. On the Tools menu, click Internet Options.
  4. In the Internet Options dialog box, click the Security tab.
  5. On the Security tab, under Select a zone to view or change security settings, click Trusted sites, and then click Sites.
  6. In the Add this website to the zone box, type the UNC path of the network location, and then click Add. For example, type \\Server\Share.

    Note In this example, Server represents the NetBIOS name of the server. Share represents the shared folder where the file is located.
  7. Click Close, and then click OK to close the Internet Options dialog box.

Method 2: Disable the Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration setting

To disable the Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration setting, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, click Run, type appwiz.cpl, and then click OK.
  2. In the Add or Remove Programs dialog box, click Add/Remove Windows Components, click Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration, and then click Details.
  3. In the Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration dialog box, click to clear the For administrator groups check box and the For all other user groups options check box, and then click OK.
  4. Click Next to disable the Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration setting.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information about the Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration feature, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver/en/library/120e917a-7366-4824-af86-40b7840cd4461033.mspx?mfr=true

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Article ID: 942091 - Last Review: October 2, 2007 - Revision: 1.2
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition (32-bit x86)
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