Learn how to a build a cloud-first strategyRegister Now


Cannot launch internet shortcuts outside of IE7

Posted on 2012-08-22
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2012-08-27
For internet shortcuts on the desktop or in explorer, they don't launch with a double click, it just highlights the icon.  Application shortcuts work fine
Right clicking the internet shortcut icon only shows "send to, cut copy shortcut, delete, rename and properties" options (see attached).  Application shortcuts show the full list "open, run as...".
Tried to fix by copying the file associations settings form a working machine, running with -extoff, copying over a working shortcut, creating a new shortcut...nothing worked.

shortcuts from Favorites launched ok from IE
running IE7 on XP SP#
How can i get the internet shortcuts working again please?
Question by:DXorcist
  • 2
  • 2
LVL 30

Expert Comment

ID: 38322253
From within IE:

Open Tools>Internet Options
Click on the Programs Tab
Look to see if IE is the default web browser. If not, click on Make Default and also place a checkmark in "Check to see if IE is my default web browser" or words to that effect.
LVL 30

Accepted Solution

flubbster earned 1600 total points
ID: 38322263
If that is ok or did not work, then run this url fix:


Unzip the reg file and place it on your desktop. Right-click the file and select "Merge with registry"

Test. Not sure if reboot is required.

Author Comment

ID: 38322337
will try and update - thank you

Author Comment

ID: 38337267
thank you the registry edit fixed the problem

Featured Post

New feature and membership benefit!

New feature! Upgrade and increase expert visibility of your issues with Priority Questions.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Sometimes people don't understand why download speed shows differently for Windows than Linux.Specially, this article covers and shows the solution for throughput difference for Windows than a Linux machine. For this, I arranged a test scenario.I…
If you have done a reformat of your hard drive and proceeded to do a successful Windows XP installation, you may notice that a choice between two operating systems when you start up the machine. Here is how to get rid of this: Click Start Clic…
This Micro Tutorial will teach you how to add a cinematic look to any film or video out there. There are very few simple steps that you will follow to do so. This will be demonstrated using Adobe Premiere Pro CS6.
Two types of users will appreciate AOMEI Backupper Pro: 1 - Those with PCIe drives (and haven't found cloning software that works on them). 2 - Those who want a fast clone of their boot drive (no re-boots needed) and it can clone your drive wh…
Suggested Courses
Course of the Month20 days, 19 hours left to enroll

810 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question