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Cookies Are Unexpectedly Blocked or Saved on Your Computer

This article was previously published under Q298621
When you visit a Web site, cookies are unexpectedly blocked or saved on your computer, and your privacy settings may be set at a level other than the level that you specified.
This behavior may occur if the privacy settings are configured by another user on your computer and all users of your computer use the same preferences and desktop settings.
To work around this behavior, enable all users of your computer to customize their preferences, and then configure the cookie settings to the desired security level for each user after they log on to Windows:

Enable Users to Customize Preferences

  1. Click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then double-click Passwords.
  2. In the Passwords Properties dialog box, click the User Profiles tab.
  3. Click Users can customize their preferences and desktop settings. Windows switches to your personal settings when you log on.
  4. Under User profile settings, click to select the check boxes that correspond to the settings that you want to be saved in user profiles, and then click OK.
NOTE: You can also create new users and enable multi-user settings by clicking Users in Control Panel. The wizard sets up a username and password for each user so that desktop settings are automatically available when each user logs on.

Reconfigure the Privacy Settings for Each User

Have each user log on to Windows and configure their cookie settings. In Internet Explorer 6, cookies settings are configured on the Privacy tab of the Internet Options dialog box, on the Tools menu.

For additional information on customizing your cookie settings, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
283185 How to Manage Cookies in Internet Explorer 6
For additional information on default privacy settings in Internet Explorer 6, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
293222 Default Privacy Settings for Internet Explorer 6
This behavior is by design.
For additional information about cookies, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
260971 Description of Cookies
profiles per-user

Article ID: 298621 - Last Review: 01/31/2007 19:03:17 - Revision: 3.4

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