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Error message:
cannot download 'file' from 'wherever'.
Internet explorer was not able to open this internet site, please try again later.

This occurs when downloading anything through IE for a single user on a PC, that was recently migrated from Vista to XP, user authenticates through a domain and has local admin rights..

  • Can browse internet fine
  • Different user on same PC, works fine..
  • firefox, same user, works fine
  • Ran antimalware, nothing picked up.
  • re-installed IE
  • also having problems in outlook, no html embedded images may be downloaded
  • security software has been disabled, no change.
  • no proxy server

I am at a loss to what could cause this right now.. please help :)

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migrated from Aug 6 '10 at 17:16

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You've reset the IE security zones settings back to defaults, right? – Evan Anderson Aug 6 '10 at 5:07

Thanks chuckx,
But unfortunately the issue was already resolved :3

The temp folder for IE was set to read-only, strangely enough it seemed to only matter for this one user.. removing the read only attribute immediately resolved all issues.

Doesn't make 100% sense but hell.. Microsoft.. amiright? :)

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Isn't the temp folder per user? – chuckx Aug 6 '10 at 5:42
Maybe, I didn't fix it so I am not 100% on the details :3 – SailorSam Aug 6 '10 at 5:44

This is a shot in the dark...

  1. delete Temporary Internet Files and clear History via IE's Internet Options.
  2. log in as another user
  3. manually delete Documents and Settings\problem user\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\index.dat
  4. restart
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