Problem: Our security settings are stopping me from downloading DirectX.

Disable IE Enhanced Security on Windows Server 2012


This article will detail disabling the ‘IE Enhanced Security Configuration’ setting within Windows Server 2012. Enchanced Security mode limits the exposure of the server to potentially malicious Web content. However, as a result, this option can cause Web sites to load inproperly. This option can be disabled to allow for a smoother Web experience.

Disabling this option on production server’s is not recommended.


1. Open the Server Manager from the task bar.
2. Select Local Server.
3. On the properties tab look for the IE Enchanced Security Configuration setting and Click On.
4. Modify the Security Configuration settings from On to Off. Click Ok to save your changes.
5. Refresh the Local Server details by clicking the refresh button from the top of the Server Manager. The setting will move from ‘On’ to ‘Off’.
6. Close any current instances of Internet Explorer and relaunch to ensure the setting take effect.

Windows Services can sometimes have a nasty habit of getting stuck in the stopping or starting state. Some believe that at this point there is no alternative but to reboot the server to clear the problem.

However, the following trick usually will work.

The first step is to right click and select Properties on the offending Windows Service in order to find the actual Service Name.

Ex: Services > Microsoft FTP service

Start > Administrative Tools > Services


The next step is to do an sc queryex on the Windows Service in order to find the Process ID.

sc queryex ftpvc


The Process ID is 5180.  So now we can issue the taskkill /F command on the process.

taskkill /PID 6524 /F


Another thing to remember: in Windows 2008, if we are not running the command prompt with ‘run as administrator’, we will get an access denied error on the delete.