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    OE and attachment handling after XP-SP2 (6)

    Has anyone heard of difficult-to-open attachments in OE specifically after installing SP2?

    The message pops up that:

    (X) This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Create an association in the Folder Options control panel.

    But... the file associations are correct! It appears that for this user, OE is simply ignoring the file associations.

    Any ideas? Thanks.

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    Re: OE and attachment handling after XP-SP2 (6)

    I don't know of any problems with attachments under SP2. I can open them fine thus far.
    Unless the OE options>security, "do not allow attachments to be saved or opened that could potentially be a virus" box is checked? <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>
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    Re: OE and attachment handling after XP-SP2 (6)

    Thanks. My recollection of the setting is that it makes the attachment completely unaccessible -- with a message saying something like "OE has removed this potentially dangerous attachment... blah, blah, blah".

    This weird problem keeps the attachment visible, but just prevents the user from opening it in OE. He doesn't know why it is happening, but does know it started after SP2 was installed...

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    Re: OE and attachment handling after XP-SP2 (6)

    After installing SP2 I am unable to open doc files, that are attachments. I have selected to allow images and attachments in Options, Security area. I can get images now okay but not document files.

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    Re: OE and attachment handling after XP-SP2 (6)

    If the attachment is there but won't open simply by double-clicking, there are two potential issues. One is that Windows' general associate between DOC and Word has become broken. The second is that OE is messed up somehow. To test the first possibility, save the attachment to your desktop and double-click it there. If you get the same error, you need to re-register Word as the handler for DOC files. There is a startup switch for this -- /r -- as described in How to use startup command line switches to start Word 2003, Word 2002, and Word 2000.

    If you were opening DOC files in WordPad, I think there was some security-related change more recently, post-SP2, but I haven't read about it in detail.

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    Re: OE and attachment handling after XP-SP2 (6)

    I saved my doc attachment to the desktop and did as suggested. I double clicked and Word opened with the document. I sent myself that document, using a different email and it says the attachment is blocked. I also received ".pps" which had a 2005 calendar on it that was also blocked this morning.

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    Re: OE and attachment handling after XP-SP2 (6)

    Sorry, I thought I was on the Outlook board. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> Since I don't have SP2 installed, I'm not sure whether the security options tab has changed in OE 6.0 "SP2" -- what attachment blocking options do you have there? Here's an illustration of the old "all or nothing" blocking choices from before SP2:

    <IMG SRC=http://www.wopr.com/w3tfiles/9-432745-OE6-AttachmentSecurity.png>

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    Re: OE and attachment handling after XP-SP2 (6)

    This is what Outlook Express looks like after sp2:
    I don't know how attach a copy like you do so I have enclosed a Doc File with it on.

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    Re: OE and attachment handling after XP-SP2 (6)

    First, I strongly recommend the Restricted Zone. This is what prevents ActiveX controls and scripts from running from inside a message.

    But with respect to the attachments, if you have cleared the "block attachments" checkbox, I don't know what is blocking them. Very strange.

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    Re: OE and attachment handling after XP-SP2 (6)

    Try downloading "DetachXP" from http://www.mapistore.com/Outlook/Attachmen...0062_index.html and install it. Then run it and select the files type that you want to be down loaded. I have been using this since the Office XP "Blocking" of files and it works.

    I have NOT used it on any of my NEW machines that have NOT had Office XP on it.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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