Windows Server 2003 shipped with security locked down by default.
Part of this locking down is Internet Explorer Enhanced Security which is an
extra layer of protection when surfing the internet using Internet Explorer
(more information can be found by going here on a Windows Server 2003
[test] machine). Some people want to uninstall it. That’s OK, Microsoft allows
that, and that’s what this will show you how to do.
Before we start,
understand the way the uninstaller works. You can uninstall the entire
Configuration, or just for users, or just for Administrators. The un-installer
is set up like this:
If you have just random users connecting via Remote Desktop or
Terminal Services, you may want to leave the Users configuration installed.
This tutorial will be removing all of it.
Click Start, put your mouse over Control Panel, and click
Now click Add/Remove Windows Components
After a few seconds a window will pop-up. Click the check mark
next to Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration (to make it
unchecked). If you’d like to only disable it for Administrators or only for
Users you can click Details and do so.
Press Next, let it finish, and it’s complete!
Q: How do I know if it is enabled?
A: When you open Internet Explorer up you will see this dialog
Q: How do I know if it’s disabled?
A: When you load up Internet Explorer Internet Explorer will tell
Caution: Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration
is not enabled