Favorites in IE8 do not work after being copied over from my old profile.

sbaisden used Ask the Experts™
I copied my favorites over from my old profile off the c:\document&settings\username\favorites and pasted them on the same path but in the new profile and now none of the favorites work. I have XP and using IE8. I get no response when I click them from IE8 but when I attempt to open them from the pasted path I get an error stating The target "" of this internet shortcut is not valid. Go to the internet shortcut property sheet and make sure the target is correct. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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Try taking ownership, and Full Control over the new favorites folder, in case permissions were hosed. Maybe .url file associations are also broken?

Do they work outside of the favorites folder as well?
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If you have access to the old profile still, go to File > Import and Export from IE in order to export all favorites to a file for which you can import into IE in the new profile.

Since you went for a copy and paste method of the Favorites directory already, I'm wondering if the old profile was on a system where the hard drive was under encryption or not...
This is a problem in IE.
There is a Hot Fix released for this for XP and Vista.
Please use the following link to get the hot fix.

Even though the Hot fix says IE7 its exactly the same issue IE8 and works fine.

To enable this hotfix after installation, follow these steps:
Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then press ENTER.
Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\FeatureControl
On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click Key.
Type the following subkey name, and then press ENTER:
On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click DWORD Value.
Type iexplore.exe, and then press ENTER.
On the Edit menu, click Modify.
Type 1, and then click OK.

To disable the hotfix, type 0, and then click OK.
Exit Registry Editor.
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Javed, it will not let me create a key. Error say cannot create key: Error writing to registry.


The old profile no longer exists.

I do have full control of the folder. They do not work anywhere.

I did notice that a shortcut that is on my desktop that works, has more options in its properties than the shortcut favorites that don't work. There is only a general tab for the shortcuts that don't work and the one that does work has a general tab, web document tab, and a security tab.


I also got an error code 40 when I tried unzipping the hotfix.


I had to copy the new profiles favorites back to the old one and then select them all from the old profile and move them to a new folder I created on the C drive. Then I just moved them from the C drive to the Favorites profile of the new profile. I was signed in as the new profile.

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