Thursday, April 30, 2015

Unable to download content from Microsoft download sites using Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome

For quite some time now, I have noticed that I am no longer able to download any content from a wide variety of Microsoft download sites such as this one for SQL Server 2014 Express when I used Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome:

This issue eluded me for a very long time until I recently encountered a problem with rendering a website that had mixed SSL and Http content.  Of course, the Firefox Developer Tools pointed me to this article:

Of course, as you can probably guess, all of these Microsoft download sites are presenting Mixed Content!

This completely prevents me from downloading any of the executables from Microsoft's website until they fix/resolve this issue with all of their websites.

That means, for now, I am forced to download whatever I can through MSDN, or fortunately, a browser like Opera provides me with a prompt regarding the Mixed Content and provides me with an option to Unblock the content to be able to download it!

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