This article was previously published under Q324098
A File Download dialog box that prompts you to save or open a file from your local computer may appear if you open a Universal Resource Identifier (URI). For example, if you click a link on a Web page, you may be prompted to save or open Cmd.exe from C:\Winnt\System32.
This issue may occur even if you have turned off the File Downloads functionality in either the Web content zone of the URI that you are opening or for the Web page in which you clicked the link.
This problem may occur if the URI that you open points to an executable file on your local computer (either directly or by a redirect operation). Files on your local computer are in the My Computer zone. The File Downloads functionality is turned on for the My Computer zone, and you cannot configure this zone by using the Internet Explorer user interface.
To resolve this issue, obtain and install the latest service pack for Internet Explorer 6. To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Internet Explorer 6. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
328548 How to obtain the latest service pack for Internet Explorer 6
To work around this issue, turn off the File Downloads functionality for the My Computer zone by using the appropriate method that is described in this section.
IMPORTANT: If you are an administrator, Microsoft recommends that you use this workaround to prevent limited users from running files on the local computer in secure configurations (for example, a public kiosk).
Method 1: Turn Off My Computer File Downloads for All Users
Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322756 How to back up and restore the registry in Windows
Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.
Locate and then click the following value in the registry: