March 25th, 2009, 09:08 PM
Hyperlink to Exe file
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" >
<a href="setup.exe" target="_self">Please click to download</a>
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!
Last edited by codenamevirus; March 25th, 2009 at 09:09 PM.
Reason: more information added
March 25th, 2009, 10:07 PM
check rights for that file. what kind of users that can get access to that file.
March 26th, 2009, 07:05 AM
Originally Posted by kvadrat
I checked the permissions and security and allowed everyone to read this file.
But still the problem exists.
what to do?
I gave full rights to everyone also now, but still not working.
Last edited by codenamevirus; March 26th, 2009 at 07:11 AM.
Reason: Update to the post
April 4th, 2009, 01:15 PM
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.
April 6th, 2009, 05:42 PM
This may be completely wrong since I haven't written HTML in years, but try changing target="_self" to target="_parent"
April 21st, 2009, 07:04 PM
Your HTML looks fine, I think the IIS configuration might be to blame here.
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