How to Stop Windows Live Mail from Blocking Unsupported File Types in Attachments?

If you use Windows Live Mail to send/receive emails, you might be aware of its attachment blocking feature. It doesn't allow to send/receive some pre-defined file types as attachments. A few of them are as following:


Above are a few frequently used file types which are blocked by Windows Live Mail. Whenever you try to send a mail containing any of these file types, the mail is not delivered. Also if you receive a mail containing any of these file types, Windows Live Mail blocks the file and shows following message at top:


You can't download the file as all options are disabled. If you want to fix this problem and want to disable this blocking feature, then follow these simple steps:

1. Press "Alt" key to show Menubar in Windows Live Mail and go to "Tools -> Safety options...".

2. Now go to "Security" tab and uncheck the option "Do not allow attachments to be saved or opened that could potentially be a virus."


Apply it and you have done.

Now Windows Live Mail will no longer block any attachment and you'll be able to send/receive any kind of file types in mails.

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  • Alan I have changed that option in security and it has had no effect. I still cannot download emails with attachments.

  • Same here :( Been like this for weeks now. Was working fine until then.

  • Same here. Mine was unchecked to begin with. This is very frustrating!!!!

  • Is there any way that I can re-activate the files that Windows Live Mail has de-activated?

  • Windows block any picture content from certain sites it also blocks emails and calls them phishing from twitter and my son at msn. Why I have gone to not junk mail add to safe sender, add to safe domain and it has absolutely not effect how can it be stopped

  • VG

    ^^ Did you try to add particular email ID to Safe sender list?

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