6:31 - Monday, 21 April 2014

Can I Stop Windows From “Blocking” Zip Files

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When downloading a zip file from the internet, Windows “blocks” it. By that I mean I have to right click>Properties>and click unblock.

Is there a way to stop windows from doing this?

I think this is what you want:

You do not say if you are using a Pro or home version.

If you you have a Pro version, open gpedit.msc (this is not available in home version, but is easier to use) and go to:

User Configuration>Administrative
Components>Attachment Manager

and enable the policy called

Do not preserve zone information in
file attachments

Then run gpupdate /force from a command prompt.

If you have a home version of the OS, go to this registry key:


and edit the value for key

SaveZoneInformation to 2

You may have to create these keys, and if you want, you can also create them system-wide here: