Windows Server – Internet Security Blocking Downloads

If you are an IT administrator then the chances are that you have come across issues with trying to download files directly from a website to your server.

You would have received this security alert when trying to download:

Your current security settings do not allow this file to be downloaded.

Your current security settings do not allow this file to be downloaded.

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Although this is a default setting and in most parts should be left as is to enable security, what if you do want to download files to your server, regardless of the lowering of the security level?

Allowing Downloads

To allow downloads to your server, click the Start button at the bottom left of your screen and type Internet Options.

Internet Options from Start Menu

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This will bring up the Internet Options dialog box. You should now click on the Security tab:

Internet Options Security Tab

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Then click on the Custom level… button:

Internet Options Custom Level Button

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This will bring up the Security Settings – Internet Zone dialog box. You then need to scroll down to the Downloads section and under File download, change the Disable radio button to Enable:

Click on the OK buttons until you have closed all the dialog boxes. Now try your download, you should now see that the download will run without any issues.

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