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Missing "automatic prompting for file downloads" in zone security settings in IE9+ by Chris J Smith UK


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Type: Bug
ID: 687356
Opened: 9/6/2011 3:17:44 AM
Access Restriction: Public
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The "automatic prompting for file downloads" setting in the zone security settings in IE9+ is missing. This setting controls the following registry key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Zones\2 ---Key--- 2202

The default value of the key in the trusted sites zone is 0x03 which disables the option. The original configuration flag sets the value to 0x0.

This is causing the following scenario to break:

1. Site in trusted sites zone.
2. Site launches ClickOnce application using JavaScript "windows.location.href = "/.../App.application";"
3. Nothing happens.

This was configurable in IE8 but not in IE9 which has broken ClickOnce under these circumstances.
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Posted by Microsoft on 12/11/2012 at 2:49 PM
Thank you for your feedback.

At this time we do not plan on fixing this issue. Every piece of feedback we receive is important to us and helps us improve the quality of Internet Explorer. Unfortunately, changing this behavior will cause significant compatibility issues.

We continue to welcome more feedback, so please don't hesitate to report other ways that we can improve Internet Explorer.

Best regards,

The Internet Explorer Team
Posted by Microsoft on 9/26/2011 at 12:56 PM
Thank you for your feedback.

We will investigate this for IE10. If you are able to provide a sample application that demonstrates what you are trying to accomplish, please add it as an attachment with instructions explaining how to reproduce the problem.

Best regards,

The Internet Explorer Team
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Posted by Bruce_Roberts on 8/7/2013 at 5:35 AM
I have discovered that where our export button no longer reacted in IE10, holding down the CTRL + ALT keys and clicking on the link spawned the file download dialogue panel successfully.