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Cannot Run Executables Located on a Remote Share 

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I have recently built a few Windows 2003 Enterprise Servers and let Windows Update do it's thing and install all 55 updates, patches and hotfixes. One of these updates obviously changes the way Windows handles executables that have been copied from or are located on a remote share.

When trying to run one such executable (a patch installation) I received the following error:

"Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item."

Well, this threw me a bit. Most hits on google had absolutely nothing to do with this issue. The answer:

It is a feature of the Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration

  1. Go to the computer/server's Internet options and select the security tab.

  2. Highlight the Internet zone and click on Custom Level.

  3. Scroll down until you find "Launching of application and unsafe files" and change the radio button to enable.

As the default internet zone is set to high security it will now continually warn you in the internet notification bar that your computer is at risk. So this probably just swaps one annoyance for another.

NB - Changing security settings will obviously have an impact to your security threat risk. Make your own decisions about security vs annoyances.

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