"Allow active content to run files on My Computer" Group Policy setting does not work as expected
This article provides help to solve an issue where the Allow active content to run files on My Computer Group Policy setting doesn't work.
Applies to: Windows 10 - all editions, Windows Server 2012 R2
Original KB number: 2002093
If you use Windows or the Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) for Windows to enable he Group Policy Preference setting Allow active content to run files on My Computer remain disabled when the policy is applied on the client computers. If you disable the policy setting, you will find that it gets enabled on the client computers after the next Group Policy refresh.
The Allow active content to run files on My Computer is configured in the Group Policy Management Editor by navigating to User Configuration\Preferences\Control Panel Settings\Internet Settings and selecting New, then Internet Explorer 7. On the Advanced tab, scroll down to the Security section to view the Allow active content to run files on My Computer setting.
To enable Allow active content to run files on My Computer, the following registry value must be set to 0:
Value Name: iexplore.exe
Value Type: REG_DWORD
Value Data: 0
When you configure this setting, the value will be written as "iexplore.exe"=dword:00000001 and therefore the setting will be disabled.
The wrong value is written from the Group Policy Preferences XML setting file:
<Reg id="LocalMachineFilesUnlock" type="REG_DWORD" hive="HKEY_CURRENT_USER" key="SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\FeatureControl\FEATURE_LOCALMACHINE_LOCKDOWN" name="iexplore.exe" value="00000001"/>
The default location of the Group Policy Preferences XML setting file is:
As a workaround you can disable the Allow active content to run files on My Computer policy setting and the setting will be enabled when the policy is applied to the client computers.
If you need assistance from Microsoft support, we recommend you collect the information by following the steps mentioned in Gather information by using TSS for Group Policy issues.