So you have just built your brand new Server 2012 box and need to download and install some software to get it up and running for the intended user. You open up IE because that is the only browser installed on a new box and hop on over to the download site, click the link to download and STOP…

“Security Alert: Your current security settings do not allow this file to be downloaded.”

Oh yes, you know the fix for this, go to server manager, fumble around and hit “local server” and then find the “IE Enhanced Security Configuration” and turn it off. Restart Internet Explorer…

It still won’t let you download and gives you the same message…

So what gives? You are a local admin on the box (at least, maybe even a Domain admin…), turned off Enhanced Security, and yet, Microsoft still says no. Do the following as turning off Enhanced Security Mode is part 1 but you need part 2.

  1. Open up Internet Explorer (IE)
  2. Click the “Gear” in the upper-right-hand corner
  3. Click Properties
  4. Click the Security Tab
  5. Click “custom level” button while “internet” up top is highlighted..
  6. Scroll Down and find the Downloads Section –> File Download
  7. Tick “enable” then “ok” and “Apply” and get out and back to work

Thank you Microsoft for babysitting us all until we absolutely lose our minds…

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