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I just installed Office Pro XP, now it won't allow .exe attachments through email and help says it can't be changed! Any help here?

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As far as i know there is no settings with in Outlook to stop this. This is M$ way of trying to stop worms and virus' from spreeding, and is making a bigber more damaging reaction then planed.

I read through the newest MaximumPC and they say the same thing; however, there are a few ways to work around it.
(1)Change the extention to .doc....then tell your friend thats recieving it to chage it back to the correct extention(.exe,etc). This can get ugly so i recomend not doing unless totly nessary.
(2)Compress the file in a ZIP. This will always work and is not dificult.
(3)If you want to do away with the problem go here http://support.microsoft.com and look up article #Q290497. Do the 12 step reg edit method. If done correctly this with enable you to send and recive any attachment you plz. But if waht i expect is true..then you most likly dont know alot about your Registry, so if this 12 step reg edit makes you a bit nervious use option # 4
(4) USe a different E-mail client, there are plenty to choose from.
Goodluck :beer
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Make Outlook Express your default mail handler instead of Outlook XP.

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Then have your friends unzip unrar etc...
Should fix it!

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Nice little COM component can be downloaded from here:


It provides you with another tab on the Options dialog in Outlook 2002 that lets you have precise control over how attachments are handled. It's $10 donationware.

The Slipstick Systems Web site has other options listed, too.


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Here is how you can fix the attachment problem once and for all.....
(copied from the LangaList newsletter) -- LS

This effects Office 2000 (w/patches) and Office XP. There is a simple registry entry that can be used to add which ever file type back into the OK zone. There are also a few programs out there that will do the same thing for those that don't want to mess with the registry.

Here is my saved Reg Entry:




"OutlookSecureTempFolder"="CDocuments and SettingsDavid N. PolisterLocal SettingsTemporary Internet FilesOLK4"


This is for Windows 2000 and Office XP. The "exe;bat;reg;com" information is where you can put whatever extensions you want back into the safe list [ie delete any extensions you want NOT to be removed].