Changing the WBA format to not be ZIP-based would probably be the only way to keep IE from deciding it knows better if it's ignoring the content-type and sniffing the binary anyway, and that's not really feasible for such a minor issue.
Thank you for your response, kyro. As I said, I don't know how a website works under the hood, only that WC did run on most cylinders most of the time. I think it is beyond a simple tune-up now though. The same thing happens to .ip and .suite extensions, so .wba files aren't the only issue. Oddly enough, subscriber skins (anybody remember those?) still download to a temp folder and self-install properly with no problem.
If I am going to "forced" into using another browser to get around the site dysfunctions, I will. I use my software and I want the files to arrive in the intended format. If Stardock lacks the resources to maintain WinCustomize, then it (and many other things) won't get fixed any time soon, if at all. Things are tough all over. Other browsers have ad-blockers and most other incentives for subscribing are long gone. In four days, I'll be here five years and plan on being here until they close the doors, issues or no, but to quote someone loosly "If the value isn't there, don't spend your money" I can accept that and save my subscription money.
I haven't has that pop up forever now but know some have it because I see it in screen shots. any suggestions how I can get that back again?
The only thing I can suggest there in a complete clean out and re-install of WB's.