Outlook Error: This operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer.

When clicking on any links in an Outlook email message, a user is presented with the following error:

 

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This operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer.

 

 

 

 

This seems to be caused by a number of things, most popular being uninstall of Google Chrome that doesn’t cleanup properly.

To resolve this, you can take a few steps. If step 1 does not work, continue to step 2.:

    1. Set Internet Explorer as Default Browser
      Tools -> Internet Options -> Programs and click Make Default

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      Make Default Browser

    2. Close Outlook and any open Internet Explorer windows and re-open Outlook and try to click on the hyperlinks in the email. They should now work.

    3. Run the following commands
      REG ADD HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareClasses.htm /ve /d htmlfile /f
      REG ADD HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareClasses.html /ve /d htmlfile /f
      REG ADD HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareClasses.shtml /ve /d htmlfile /f
      REG ADD HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareClasses.xht /ve /d htmlfile /f
      REG ADD HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareClasses.xhtml /ve /d htmlfile /f

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