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Problems downloading with Microsoft Internet Explorer
- Internet Explorer
Opens .exe Files Instead of Downloading Them
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=140991 (i. e. 4, 5.
- Not Prompted to
Specify Download Folder for File
When you download a file from the Internet, you may not be prompted for the
location in which to save the file that you are downloading. Instead, the
file may be opened.
If you want to be prompted for a download location for the file type, follow
Double-click My Computer.
On the View menu, click Folder Options.
On the File Types tab, click the appropriate file type in the Registered
File Types box.
Click to select the Confirm Open After Download check box.
Click OK, and then click OK
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=177976 (i. e. 4, 5. W95/98/NT4
PostScript File Extension Changes When Downloaded
When you download an Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) file from a Web page in
Internet Explorer and save the file to your hard disk, the file may be saved
with a .ps extension instead of an .eps extension.
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=180030 (i. e. 4, 5, 6. W95/NT4
- Error Locating Object
When you try to download a program (.exe) or zip (.zip) file,
Internet Explorer may display a blank Web page that contains an ActiveX icon
in the upper-right corner. If you click the ActiveX icon, you may receive
the following error message
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=180553 (i. e. 4, 5, 6.
- Internet Explorer
could not download <filename > from <Internet site >
The down loaded file is not available. This could be due to your Security or
Language Settings or because the server was unable to retrieve the requested
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=183506 (i. e 4, 5. W95/98/ME
- Download Button
Unavailable on Windows Update Web Site
When you visit the Microsoft Windows Update Web site, the Download button
may not be available to start downloading selected updates.
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=216299 (i. e. 4, 5.
- Changing Installation
Folder Does Not Change the Download Folder
For example, if Windows is installed on drive C and you choose drive D for
the I. E. installation folder, the download folder (typically named Windows
Update Setup Files) is created on drive C instead of drive D.
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=218787 (i. e. 5. W95/98/NT4
- Internet Explorer 5
Active Setup Appears to Hang During Download
When Internet Explorer Setup files are being downloaded during Internet
Explorer 5 Active Setup, the progress counter may not move, you may not
receive any error messages, and Setup may appear to stop responding (hang).
While Setup appears to stop responding, your modem may indicate that
information is being downloaded.
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=222125 (i. e. 5, 6.
- INFO: Executing Files
by Hyperlink and the File Download Dialog Box
Many Web sites, particularly on corporate intranets, have hyperlinks to
files that the user needs to execute on the local system. For obvious
security reasons, Internet Explorer prevents any hyperlink action from
automatically running any downloaded executable or other possibly dangerous
files without displaying some form of dialog box prompt to the user.
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=232077 (i. e. 4, 5.
- Internet Explorer
Restriction "Always Prompt on Download"
You may want to have IE prompt you before down loading files
other than the normal file types that generate a prompt, such as executable
You may want to prevent an IE user from disabling the "Always
ask before opening this type of file" check box.
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=238723 (i. e. 5. W95/98/NT4
- Computer May Stop
Responding or Experience Slow Download Times with Universal Serial Bus Modem
When you perform large file transfers over Universal Serial Bus (USB) modems
using communications device class (CDC) compliant USB drivers in Windows 98
SE, throughput speed may decrease. In addition, the computer may stop
responding (hang) after a few minutes.
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=240947 (W98se 3/10/2003)
- Internet Explorer 5
May Display Downloaded File in Browser Window Instead of the "Save
As" Dialog Box
Internet Explorer attempts to detect when the Multi-purpose
Internet Mail Extensions (MIME) type of the down loading file is set to
application/octet stream, which is the correct behavior according to Request
for Comments (RFC).
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=245751 (i. e. 5. W95/98/NT4
- Significant Delays
Downloading Third-Party Files Using Plug-ins
Downloading and displaying third-party files in an Internet Explorer
window through a plug-in may take significantly longer than you expect.
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=235313 (i. e. 4. W95/98/NT4
- Internet Explorer
Window Closes When You Click a Download Link
After you click a link to download a file and receive a prompt to run
the file from the current location or save it to disk, the browser window
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=268976 (i. e. 5.
- Internet Explorer 5.5
Browser Window Closes When You Click a Link to Download Files
In Internet Explorer 5.5, when you try to download a file from the
Internet, the download may start, but the browser window may then close.
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=275290 (i. e. 5. W95/98/se/NT4
- Cannot Download with
When you attempt to download a file with Microsoft Internet Explorer,
one of the following symptoms may occur:
If you click a link to download a file, nothing happens.
If you right-click the link, and then click Save Target As on the shortcut
menu that appears, the Save As dialog box appears briefly and then
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=299328 (i. e. 4, 5.
- File Appears to Be
Downloading but Is Not
When you attempt to download a file from a Web site, the Copying dialog
box may appear (containing two folder icons with page images moving between
them), but the File Download dialog box may not appear.
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=301716 (i. e. 5. W95/98
Plug-ins Do Not Work After Upgrading Internet Explorer
If it is only .exe files, then read on and see if this is relevant:
Remove the plugin with Regedit.exe
Start/Run menu applet execute: Regedit.exe
Navigate down to this key and remove it, after exporting it as a normal
If that key exists, then you will see what plugin has been installed. The
key does not normally exist.
Recommanded by: Alan Edwards, MS MVP W95/98 Systems
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=303401 (i. e. 5, 6.
- "The Page Cannot
Be Displayed" Error Message When You Try to View Web Page on a Secure
Additionally, you may be unable to download files from secure Web sites.
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=303807 (i. e. 5, 6. W2000/NT
- Cannot Use Internet
Explorer to Download Files
You cannot use Internet Explorer to download files. However, you can
download files from the Internet through the use of other methods, such as
File Transfer Protocol (FTP)-client programs.
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=306837 (i. e. 5. W2000
- Error Message When You
Try to Download a File: Download Accelerator Error
An additional toolbar is displayed in your browser window, and the File
Download dialog box looks different than the Internet Explorer File Download
Retry the download of file name
When you click Retry Now , you may receive the message again. After you
click Retry Now several times, you may then receive the following error
message: Download Accelerator Error
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=306903(i. e. 5. 6/4/2003)
- Zip Files Downloaded
with Internet Explorer Are Not Saved to Your Computer
When you download a Zip (.zip) file in Microsoft Internet Explorer, you may
experience either of the following behaviors:
The file appears to download, but the file compression program that you
use (for example, WinZip) opens and displays a blank window. When you
search for the file, you are unable to locate it. The file does not exist on
your hard disk. -or- If you are running Microsoft Windows XP, and you use
the Compressed (zipped) Folders feature as your file compression program,
you receive the following error message: The Compressed (zipped) Folder
is invalid or corrupted.
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=308090 (i. e. 5, 6.
- Data for a POST
Request Is Not Downloaded Completely in a Custom MIME Viewer
When Internet Explorer makes a POST request for data with a MIME type that
is handled by a custom ActiveX control, Internet Explorer stops
downloading the data after the first portion is received. This problem
occurs with large data responses (over roughly 20 KB).
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=310388 (i. e. 6.
- QuickTime Starts Every
Time You Attempt to Download an Executable File
QuickTime may start each time that you attempt to download an .exe file
and that the File Download dialog box does not open. As a result, you
cannot download the file.
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=312455 (W/98/se 8/30/2002)
- Blank Web Page with
Placeholder Icon and You Cannot Save a File to Disk
When you click a link to download a file through Internet Explorer, a blank
white window may appear. There are no buttons to save the file to your hard
disk or to open the file.
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=316537 (i. e. 4, 5, 6.
- Internet Explorer
Cannot Download Office Documents from an IIS Server When Content Expiration
Is Set to Expire Immediately
When you try to download Microsoft Office documents from a server running
Internet Information Services (IIS) to a client using Microsoft Internet
Explorer version 6, you may receive the following error messages:
Internet Explorer cannot download File.doc from ServerName.
Internet Explorer was not able to open this Internet Site. The requested
site is either unavailable or cannot be found. Please try again later."
- PRB: Open Button in
Dialog Disabled When You Browse or Redirect to .rtf or .csv Files
Internet Explorer may prompt you with a File Download dialog box to confirm
whether you want to open the file or to save the file to your computer.
The Open button and the Always ask before opening this type of
file check box of the dialog box may appear dimmed, which indicates that
the options are unavailable.
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=318761 (i. e. 5. 6.
- An Error Message
Occurs If You Click "Save Target As" for a Link
If you click the Save Target As command on the shortcut menu for a link, you
may receive the following error message:
Internet Explorer cannot download " Filename.ext" from "
Internet Explorer was not able to open this Internet Site.
The requested site is either unavailable or cannot be found. Please
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=319032 (i. e. 5. 6.
- Internet Explorer File
Downloads Over SSL Do Not Work with the "No-Cache" Header
Unable to download. Internet Explorer was unable to open this
site. The requested site is either unavailable or cannot be found.
Please try again later.
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=323308 (i. e. 5, 6.
- File Download Dialog
Box Appears After You Turn Off File Downloads
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.
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=324098 (i. e. 4, 5, 6.
- Screen and Video
Corruption in I. E. 6.0 When You Download Data from an Active Server Page
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=332027 (i. e. 6.
Explorer Cannot Download" Error Message When You Use an HTTPS URL to
Open an Office Document or PDF File
When you try to open a Microsoft Office document or a PDF file by
typing an HTTPS Uniform Resource Locator (URL) for the document on the
Address bar in Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1 (SP1), the document may
not open, and you may receive the following error message:
Internet Explorer cannot download document.pdf from server
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=812935 (i. e. 6. 9/8/2003)
- You Cannot Download
Files from an FTP Server
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=816037 (i. e. 6.
- Error Message:
"Internet Explorer Cannot Download a File"
When you try to download a file with Internet Explorer from a Web server,
you may receive the following error message:
"Internet Explorer cannot download FileName from WebServer."
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=816868 (i. e. 6.