Tired of this?
In Windows you will find that files copied to your local drives are not trusted until you right-click on them and in the properties click the ‘Unblock’ button. This is all very well for one or two files, but gets extremely anoying with more and also being a server admin on a helpdesk, having to take thousands of calls related to THIS!. It turns out to be related to NTFS’s ability to allow alternate data streams.
So here is a simple method of mass or bulk unblocking files.
- Download the Sysinternals Streams.exe from http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb897440.aspx
- I find Sysinternals so useful I create a ‘SysInternals’ folder on my C: drive and then put this into my ‘path’ environment variable so that I can run them from anywhere. However, if this is too much then the easiest is to copy the streams.exe to the root folder you wish to have files unblocked.
- In a command windows (with Admin privileges), use ‘cd’ to navigate to your folder.
- Type the command ‘streams –s –d subfoldername’ and press enter.