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    Exclamation Hyperlink to Exe file

    Hi

    I have created a HTML page, which has a link to an exe file.
    The code is very small and normal as below:

    <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
    <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" >
    <head>
    <title>Welcome ABC</title>
    </head>
    <body>
    WELCOME ABC
    <a href="setup.exe" target="_self">Please click to download</a>
    </body>
    </html>


    As you can see that there's a hyperlink to a setup.exe file located in the same folder as the html file. But, when i click on this link, i get an error "Page cannot be found" with the following details:

    "HTTP Error 404 - File or directory not found.
    Internet Information Services (IIS)"

    I am using IIS 6.0 on windows server 2003, after googling I found out that there's some problem because of the MIME types and added the "EXE" Mime type with "application\octet-stream" to the folder containing the exe file (the root folder in my case), as mentioned here "http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;326965"

    But, even after doing this, I am still not able to download the exe file using the hyperlink.
    Can you please tell me, what I am doing wrong, or if I have missed anything? or what could be done to allow downloading the exe file from the link!

    Thanks
    Last edited by codenamevirus; March 25th, 2009 at 08:09 PM. Reason: more information added
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    hi.
    check rights for that file. what kind of users that can get access to that file.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kvadrat View Post
    hi.
    check rights for that file. what kind of users that can get access to that file.
    Hi
    I checked the permissions and security and allowed everyone to read this file.
    But still the problem exists.
    what to do?

    ------------------------
    New update:
    I gave full rights to everyone also now, but still not working.
    Last edited by codenamevirus; March 26th, 2009 at 06:11 AM. Reason: Update to the post
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    surely its because of the target="_self", I've had this kinda thing working before by just usign the a href, without the target. it then gives you the option to run or download the file.

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    This may be completely wrong since I haven't written HTML in years, but try changing target="_self" to target="_parent"
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    Your HTML looks fine, I think the IIS configuration might be to blame here.

    Checkout: http://blogs.msdn.com/david.wang/arc...-6-Part-2.aspx

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