Unblocking Downloaded Files
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Last modified on 3/30/2016 6:35 PM by User.

Unblocking Downloaded Files

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When downloading files from the Internet or other location, Windows may set an attribute on the file to "Blocked". When this happens, it may not load properly into your application. For example, if you download a non-standard EQuIS Report or Form, it may be "blocked". When you attempt to use that report or form in EQuIS Professional 6, it may not show up in the list. This behavior is the default for .NET 4, which is used in EQuIS Professional 6, and is designed to help protect you computer from executing malicious files. Whenever you download a file, it is recommended that you check for the blocked attribute, and then "Unblock" the file so it will load properly. Do this by following these steps:

  1. When you download a file, save it to a known folder where you have update permissions - e.g. the "Downloads" folder.
     
  2. After downloading the file, check to see if it has been blocked by Windows - i.e. right-click on the downloaded file, then select properties. A file properties dialog will be displayed, and if the file has been blocked, you will see the "Unblock" button on the "General" tab:

Click the "Unblock" button to remove this restriction on the file.

Note: It is easier to unblock a .zip file rather than unblocking each of the individual files that are extracted from it.
  1. Typically these files will need to be moved into the Install folder - e.g.  C:\Program Files\EarthSoft\EQuIS\... 
    If you attempt to "Unblock" after the file has been moved into the install location, it will likely remain "Blocked" as Admin permissions are required on the file to do such, and by default this will not occur, even if your user account is an Admin.
     
  2. After the file has been "Unblocked", close and re-open the program that should be loading the file - e.g. EQuIS Professional. The file should now load, and the report or form made available to use.

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