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    Attachments won't open (6 SP1)

    I installed the newest IE/OE v6 SP1 several days ago on about 10 Win 98SE machines. It appears that something is preventing OE from opening attached files (at least .pdf .doc .xls) now. While they are shown, they appear grayed out and thus unselectable.

    I uninstalled IE/OE 6 SP1 (stepped back to IE/OE 5.5 SP2) and things returned to normal, i.e. attachments will now open again.

    Just in case anyone else runs across this.

    Mike

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    Re: Attachments won't open (6 SP1)

    Sigh....too late....it did it to me too, on 5 machines before I discovered it! ;-(

    Despite studiously avoiding the 'Draconian Email Security Patch' all this time, I went ahead and applied the IE/OE 6 SP1 in a cavalier moment. It seems the patch is included in SP1 and virtually all attachments are now removed and inaccessible in OE....no warnings, nuffin! Curiously, the only attachment files I am 'allowed' to open are .doc .........talk about cheek, given the ease with which macro-virii and other ne'er-do-well-stuff can infiltrate MS Word documents! ;-)

    Had I backed-up the systems first?.....course not! ;-) Honestly, MS need a swift and hearty size 10 boot up the fundament for this, how dare they take my options away from me, I'm not a complete idiot! Oh, wait a minute, see the first sentence in this paragraph ;-)

    Uninstalling the SP didn't help me I'm afraid, the settings are now stuck in OE.....sigh. Running under W2k SP3 but not Exchange, so it's a POP3 mail system....anyone know of another way to undo this beast?

    Cheers

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    Re: Attachments won't open (6 SP1)

    Wow, I was not aware of this. See if any of these configuration options fix it:

    OLEXP: Using Virus Protection Features in Outlook Express 6

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    Re: Attachments won't open (6 SP1)

    Thanks for the 'heads-up' on the KB article, it fixed my problems with the unchecking of one little tick-mark.....phew! ;-)

    They still need a boot up the fundament for 'presuming' too much and not giving any warnings IMHO, those of less robust disposition than I might easily have plunged into total despair! ;-)

    Cheers

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    Re: Attachments won't open (6 SP1)

    <img src=/S/hello.gif border=0 alt=hello width=25 height=29> Good site, thanks for the heads up. I've not installed the new SP yet, always wait for everyone else to show up these things first. Handy site to have - already sent it on to several of my friends who are having problems with the SP as well.

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