Turn off Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration
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Turn off the extra security in IE



When trying to use the web browser, several actions are being blocked, hindering the download of important files. The error message reads "Content from the Web site listed below is being blocked by the Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration." How can the Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration be disabled on Windows 2003 Server or Windows 2008 Server?

On Windows Server 2003

  1. Go to Control Panel
  2. Open "Add or Remove Programs"
  3. Select "Add/Remove Windows Components"
  4. Uncheck the checkbox labeled "Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration" and click "Next"
  5. Close all Internet Explorer browsers.
  6. Open a new browser to attempt the download again.


On Windows Server 2008 & Windows Server 2008 R2






In order to disable the enhanced security configuration you must do the following:

  1. Close all IE browsers.
  2. Open the "Server Manager"
  3. Click on the top item in the tree labeled "Server Manager"
  4. Open up the "Server Summary" tab.
  5. Open the secondary tab named "Security Information"
  6. Locate and open the "Configure IE ESC" link on the right of the window

This is the window that you will use to control IE ESC. You can turn IE ESC on or off for the Administrators group, the User group, or both groups. When you have finished configuring the IE ESC, press OK and close the server manager. Now open up a new browse, the browsers home screen should say, "Caution: Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration is not enabled". If it does not say this go back and check to make sure you have followed the steps correctly, if it does say that you have successfully disabled IE ESC on your Windows 2008 Server.


On Windows Server 2012

Available soon!





Comments(2)
  • [ Lanktoe]: Lankgta toe 2014-04-22 13:06:44

    THANK YOU MA BROTHAAAAA

  • [ bla]: server2012 2014-04-04 22:36:06

    as screenshots show but small....
    1/ open control panel
    2/ open programs and features
    3/ turn features on or off
    4/ Dashboard should be open, select Local Server
    5/ On the right side, select the option for "IE Enhanced Security Configuration", select "off"
    6/ Close dashboard, restart IE, and task completed

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