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Found a similar problem by searching Google. Are you using Spybot?

Q. When I go to Tools, Internet Options in Internet Explorer, I get a box called Restrictions with the message "This operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer. Please contact your system administrator." This is my home PC, and I don't have a system administrator. How can I fix this?

A. Spybot Search and Destroy does have a feature that will lock this setting. It is designed to keep your computer from having the Web browser hijacked by spyware. Open the program and go to the Immunize icon. At the bottom of the page, uncheck the box that says Lock IE start page against user changes.

Exit Spybot and close any open Explorer windows. Restart Internet Explorer, and the Tools menu should work properly.

If you are not using Spybot, your problem might be related to a problem referenced in the Microsoft support article located at support.microsoft.com/?kbid=216583.
 
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