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Windows XP Problem: "Your current security settings do not allow this action"

3 January 2008 17 Comments

Fix For “Your current security settings do not allow this action” when working with Networked Files.

When trying to Copy or Drag & Drop Or Transfer files from network share to Local computer.

Common on Windows XP SP3 with IE7 Updates

This problem has been fixed by Microsoft and only showed up if you were testing a pre-release version of SP3.

Get this error…
“Your current security settings do not allow this action”

Your current security settings do not allow this action

“This page has an unspecified potential security risk. Would you like to continue?”

This page has an unspecified potential security risk. Would you like to continue?

when trying to copy/open a network file/folder to your local computer.

Possible fix:

—-Check to see if its a Windows Problem…—-
(not required, unless the fix below doesn’t work, then comment with the results from both)
1 ) Get the path to the Network Share File In Explorer
2 ) Start -> Run -> cmd
3 ) Type in…
XCOPY ” ” “C:\” /V
Note: After typing XCOPY ” drag and drop the file into the cmd window and it will paste the path for you, then remember to close with ” then type “C:\” [with quotes] and then /V

if you get a successful notice then continue to next section
if not then this may not be the right site for you and I would look into the permissions on C:\ and on the network share…
1 ) Open My Computer
2 ) Tools -> Folder Options -> View
3 ) Uncheck Last option, “Use Simple File Sharing”
4 ) Access your network share in Explorer by either \\ or \\
5 ) Open the correct share, Select all folders and right click, choose Properties
6 ) Goto the security setting…
7 ) Check all users, if any users have deny boxes checked (not allow, deny!) uncheck them and try again to copy the file
8 ) If still unsuccessful, it might be the shared folder computer or many other things, a google search should help more, sorry 

—-Actual Fix For This Problem!—-
–Windows XP and Newer–
1 ) Open “Internet Explorer 7″
1a) if you have IE6 then this fix will not work/possible please try another site
(If you have Windows 2003/2000 or below, this issue should not be affecting you, however, if it is then please skip down to the next section)
2 ) Tools -> Internet Options
3 ) Goto the “Security” tab
4 ) Change Internet & Local Interact Zones To Default if the “Default Level” option is possible
5 ) Goto “Local Interact” section
6 ) Choose Sites
Box Should Look Like

Change to…

7 ) Click Ok
8 ) Click Ok Again
9 ) Close IE7
10 ) Try to transfer file again…

–Windows 2003/2000 And Below–
(Thanks to Raja)
This is for people that have IE7 on a Windows 2003/2000 or below version.
1 ) Open “Internet Explorer 7″
1a) if you have IE6 then this fix will not work/possible please try another site
2 ) Tools -> Internet Options
3 ) Goto the “Security” tab
4 ) Goto “Internet Zone” section
5 ) Then click on “Custom Level”
6 ) Scroll down to “Miscellaneous” and find the option, “Launching Applications and Unsafe Files”
7 ) Change that setting to ‘Prompt’
8 ) Click Ok
9 ) Click Ok Again
10 ) Close IE7
11 ) Try to transfer file again…

If it works congrats, please post a comment
If it doesn’t work, please post a comment with new or same error, Windows Version and IE7 version, etc.

Hope that helps!

-James Hartig

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  • «/\/\Ø|ö±ò\/»®© said:

    Additional info and discussion at:
    Unspecified Potential Security Risk!
    Unspecified Potential Security Risk! Take 2

    • Lennart said:

      Thank you! Your fix solved the problem. I would never have guessed that access to network shares was controlled via IE7.

      • Martin said:

        Thank you from me too. I encountered this problem after I had installed SP3 RC. Changing the Local Intranet settings resolved the problem.

        • abandy24 said:

          after I did the local intranet fix everything worked. I find it weird that Internet Explorer has control on such a thing but thanks for the help, It is much appreciated.

          • Ricky said:

            thank you for this it worked

            even tho you really should not have to do this to get things to work like it did before updating to sp3

            • Howie said:

              Worked Like a charm…can drag and drop copy from my home network again using XP SP3.

              • Kate said:

                Wow, who would have thought that IE would control something like this. Shows what I know. Thank you so much. This fixed my problems

                • hebchop said:

                  awesome!! thank you I was going outta my mind. You’d think Microsoft could make their own products without conflicts. (sigh)

                  • Joe said:

                    XP SP3 w/ IE7 here. It worked. I was getting the error when directly running or copying a file from a Win95 machine connected to me via a crossover cable (which I’m also using to share my Internet connection with the Win95 machine).

                    NOTE: Step 2 has an error that might confuse people. The Tools menu doesn’t contain a “Security” entry. The correct sequence is Tools –> Internet Options, then select the Security tab

                    • James Hartig (author) said:

                      Thanks Joe! Yes, this problem has been fixed already and I have added a note above. Also, I have fixed Step 2 in the above solution. I don’t know what I was doing when I wrote that?

                      Thanks again,
                      James Hartig

                      • Raja said:

                        Too bad I am having same issue on Win2K3 and there is no such dialog in IE7 there.

                        • Raja said:

                          Ok – for Win2K3, it is under “internet zone”. There, click on ‘custom level’ button, scroll down to ‘miscellaneous’ group, and configure the ‘launching application and unsafe files’ setting as ‘prompt’

                          • James Hartig (author) said:

                            Thanks Raja! I will post an alternate step(s) in the morning!

                            • blinken said:

                              For the record, this problem occurred for me when I ran sysprep – it must delete the IE7 preferences or something.