Links not working

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by Joe Rees, Apr 17, 2008.

  1. Joe Rees

    Joe Rees Guest

    Oh, and also, btw...
    It seems to me that your problem may be with your Internet connection rather
    than the Internet browser. Untill I got my home network running properly, I
    was able to send/receive email, use IM, and work with my FTP application, but
    web pages kept crashing. Since I got my network running properly, I haven't
    had any problems of that nature.
     
    Joe Rees, May 13, 2008
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  2. My daughter has a vista ..that came with Sony VAIO...First IE stopped
    working...(IM, AOL messenger works)..Then I switched to Firefox..It
    worked for a while and now it stopped working too..Both browsers don't
    work on wireful/wireless. AOL/MSN IM works..Norton AV works with live
    update...SO don't tell me that it is unique...Lots of others others
    complain..Please google this problem..
    Venkat

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    of.
     
    Frank Saunders MS-MVP IE,OE/WM, May 13, 2008
    #22
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  3. (cross-post added to Vista General)

    Other Vista users have reported problems with their desktop.ini files
    but as long as you are seeing your Favorites menu (e.g. with Alt-a)
    and Links bar I think that your symptom probably means something else.

    Also, one thing I recently became aware of is that there are two instances
    of file type Internet Shortcut in the File Types dialog, one for extension
    (NONE) and one for extension .URL The only difference that I can see
    is that the first one is blank for its Opens with: field. If they are different
    and if you have IE using one while MS Word uses another that might account
    for that one of your observations. However, I think it is more likely that
    MS Word is just using the DDE command to get ieframe to open the
    tab directly. BTW does MS Word also cause an iexplore.exe to be
    launched if you don't have one already running?


    FWIW what I would do is try to get some insight from ProcMon
    for your two cases. In addition you could simulate what you expect
    IE to be doing using the Run... dialog and trace that too.
    E.g. open the Run... dialog with Win-R, paste the first part of
    that Internet Shortcut Open action template into the Run... dialog

    rundll32.exe ieframe.dll,OpenURL

    leave a space and then paste on the name of the Favorite that you
    want opened. (BTW looks like you have to do that in three
    steps if you use a Favorites item's right-click Properties:
    first the path, then the filename, then. append (type) .URL)
    The template makes no provision for quotes, so don't use any.
    Once the entire command is assembled, press Enter.
    What happens?

    FWIW I don't have Vista so I can't say whether this is still
    a valid test there. I just proved it still works in XPsp2.


    HTH

    Robert Aldwinckle
    ---


    Cross-posting to Vista General.
    Complete discussion for the benefit of new readers here:

    http://www.microsoft.com/communitie...&p=1&tid=ecfdaf00-7fca-4595-bd00-eaa8da3c84ce

     
    Robert Aldwinckle, May 13, 2008
    #23
  4. Joe Rees

    Joe Rees Guest

    Thanks, Robert. Your thoughts made me see something I never noticed before
    {blush}. Although I'm not supposed to be able to remove the shortcut arrow
    from my shortcut icons, NONE of them have it! Also, when I set to display
    file extensions, the extensions for the shortcuts do not display, although
    the "Properties" dialog says they are .lnk files.

    At least it's opened up another avenue for me to pursue.

     
    Joe Rees, May 13, 2008
    #24
  5. Hi Joe,

    Click Start, type regedit.exe and press ENTER
    Navigate to the following branch:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ explorer \ Shell Icons

    From the file menu, choose "Export" and save it to a file (in .REG format)

    Open the .REG file, copy the contents and post it here.


    REF: http://www.winhelponline.com/articl...fy-the-Shortcut-overlay-in-Windows-Vista.html
    (This article tells you how to *remove* the shortcut overlay. Reversing the changes, you'll see the shortcut arrows.)

    --
    Regards,

    Ramesh Srinivasan, Microsoft MVP [Windows Shell/User]
    The Winhelponline Blog: http://www.winhelponline.com/blog
    Windows® Troubleshooting: http://www.winhelponline.com

    Thanks, Robert. Your thoughts made me see something I never noticed before
    {blush}. Although I'm not supposed to be able to remove the shortcut arrow
    from my shortcut icons, NONE of them have it! Also, when I set to display
    file extensions, the extensions for the shortcuts do not display, although
    the "Properties" dialog says they are .lnk files.

    At least it's opened up another avenue for me to pursue.

    <snip>
     
    Ramesh, MS-MVP, May 13, 2008
    #25
  6. Howdy Robert.

    I can confirm that the rundll32 command-line works fine in Windows Vista.

    --
    Regards,

    Ramesh Srinivasan, Microsoft MVP [Windows Shell/User]
    The Winhelponline Blog: http://www.winhelponline.com/blog
    Windows® Troubleshooting: http://www.winhelponline.com

    (cross-post added to Vista General)

    Other Vista users have reported problems with their desktop.ini files
    but as long as you are seeing your Favorites menu (e.g. with Alt-a)
    and Links bar I think that your symptom probably means something else.

    Also, one thing I recently became aware of is that there are two instances
    of file type Internet Shortcut in the File Types dialog, one for extension
    (NONE) and one for extension .URL The only difference that I can see
    is that the first one is blank for its Opens with: field. If they are different
    and if you have IE using one while MS Word uses another that might account
    for that one of your observations. However, I think it is more likely that
    MS Word is just using the DDE command to get ieframe to open the
    tab directly. BTW does MS Word also cause an iexplore.exe to be
    launched if you don't have one already running?


    FWIW what I would do is try to get some insight from ProcMon
    for your two cases. In addition you could simulate what you expect
    IE to be doing using the Run... dialog and trace that too.
    E.g. open the Run... dialog with Win-R, paste the first part of
    that Internet Shortcut Open action template into the Run... dialog

    rundll32.exe ieframe.dll,OpenURL

    leave a space and then paste on the name of the Favorite that you
    want opened. (BTW looks like you have to do that in three
    steps if you use a Favorites item's right-click Properties:
    first the path, then the filename, then. append (type) .URL)
    The template makes no provision for quotes, so don't use any.
    Once the entire command is assembled, press Enter.
    What happens?

    FWIW I don't have Vista so I can't say whether this is still
    a valid test there. I just proved it still works in XPsp2.


    HTH

    Robert Aldwinckle
    ---


    Cross-posting to Vista General.
    Complete discussion for the benefit of new readers here:

    http://www.microsoft.com/communitie...&p=1&tid=ecfdaf00-7fca-4595-bd00-eaa8da3c84ce


    <snip>
     
    Ramesh, MS-MVP, May 13, 2008
    #26
  7. Joe Rees

    Joe Rees Guest

    Aha! I do not have a ShellIcons entry! I have Shell Folders,
    ShellExecuteHooks, and ShellServiceObjects, but no ShellIcons.
    (Note: Under ShellServiceObjects, there are 12 keys listed as Hex strings.)

    I searched the Registry, and came up empty; no ShellIcons entries at all.

     
    Joe Rees, May 14, 2008
    #27

  8. If you have .lnk files (aka Desktop shortcuts) mixed in your Favorites folders
    and that is what you were using it could explain some of your first symptoms.

    E.g. IE7 gives a bogus File Download message now even when the .lnk
    file is in the Links folder. One of the workarounds for the lack of an E-mail
    button in IE7 we used to suggest was dragging a Desktop shortcut for the
    E-mail reader to the Links bar (or create an equivalent .lnk file in that subdirectory)
    where it could then be used as a button.

    Again, it looks as if your subsequent symptoms in Vista are different than mine
    in XP. E.g. with the bogus download message I have the usual options:
    Open, Save, and Cancel.

    Watch carefully in the Status bar before you get your message about the publisher.
    Perhaps that at least is the same as what I am seeing? Oh. I don't even have to watch.
    It stays there in the Status bar while the message window is up.

    Well yes... It makes all the discussion about Internet Shortcuts and .URL files
    irrelevant. ; } Thanks for clarifying this.


    Robert
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    Robert Aldwinckle, May 14, 2008
    #28
  9. Then it's possible that the IsShortcut registry value is missing in the "lnkfile" registry branch. Download and run the .LNK association fix from here:

    File association fixes for Windows Vista:
    http://www.winhelponline.com/articles/105/1/File-association-fixes-for-Windows-Vista.html

    --
    Regards,

    Ramesh Srinivasan, Microsoft MVP [Windows Shell/User]
    The Winhelponline Blog: http://www.winhelponline.com/blog
    Windows® Troubleshooting: http://www.winhelponline.com

    Aha! I do not have a ShellIcons entry! I have Shell Folders,
    ShellExecuteHooks, and ShellServiceObjects, but no ShellIcons.
    (Note: Under ShellServiceObjects, there are 12 keys listed as Hex strings.)

    I searched the Registry, and came up empty; no ShellIcons entries at all.

     
    Ramesh, MS-MVP, May 14, 2008
    #29
  10. Joe Rees

    Joe Rees Guest

    Last night, I found a System Restore point from the day before. I had never
    used System Restore before, but it solved the .LNK problem. My desktop,
    quick-launch bar, and Start menu are working again.

    But the problem with my Favorites (.URL files) in IE still persists. I do
    not have a system restore point from before this problem started.

    I loaded Flash Peak's SlimBrowser and the new .URL links I create with it
    work (but they are not seen by IE). However, it created a new Favorites
    Folder (I have have two folders named "Favorites," with the same icon (the
    folder with the star on it), in the same directory! If I delete all the
    Favorites folders, is it possible that IE would recreate one and that it
    would work?



     
    Joe Rees, May 14, 2008
    #30
  11. Joe Rees

    Joe Rees Guest

    No, it's more like two separate issues -- I fixed the .LNK problem with
    System Restore; it was affecting the shortcuts on my desktop, quick-launch
    bar, Start menu, and everywhere else there were shortcuts. The .URL problem
    in IE persists (see my response above to Ramesh). I am "getting by" with
    SlimBrowser, but it has the annoying limitiation that it cannot automatically
    create a new browser window when opening a link (you are required to go to
    the menus to open a new browser window at the home page and then navigate to
    the link from there), so all the windows open up in one frame.
     
    Joe Rees, May 14, 2008
    #31
  12. Joe Rees

    Joe Rees Guest

    Sorry, I got sidetracked and forgot to respond, so here are some answers for
    what you suggested. If IE is not running, it does not open when I load a
    ..url file into MSWord. However, MSWord loads the page with the following
    error message: Visual Basic Environment could not be intialized.

    When I ran the RUNDLL , it behaved differently, depending on whether IE was
    already open. when I had IE already open (minimized), it merely restored the
    window I had (different url), and it didn't seem to do anything else. If IE
    was not already running, it opened with a tab labled "Connecting..." but went
    no further. As a further test, I changed my default browser to SlimBrowser
    and tried it, and it opened the url as it should.

     
    Joe Rees, May 14, 2008
    #32

  13. The way you have worded that makes me wonder if you are trying to avoid
    using tabs? E.g. do you have tabs disabled in IE7?
    And was "open up in one frame" supposed to imply that you are seeing
    tabs used by SlimBrowser when you would prefer new windows
    to be opened instead? If so, have you tried using Shift-Click
    when clicking on links? Alternatively, does SlimBrowser have
    the equivalent of Ctrl-N for its commands? That would allow
    you to clone the current tab in a new window and then use the
    link you would have otherwise wanted to use, more directly.
    BTW the same cloning technique (or its Alt-D,Alt-Enter counterpart
    for tabs) is sometimes necessary if a web page prevents you
    from using the normal keyboard modifiers for launching links
    in new tabs or new windows.


    HTH

    Robert
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    Robert Aldwinckle, May 15, 2008
    #33
  14. Joe Rees

    Joe Rees Guest

    No, it's not "tab-aversion." SlimBrowser does not open a new window with
    CTRL-N or Shift-Click; instead it just opens another tab. There are times
    when I like to open a link into a completely new window, so that I can put it
    on the other monitor and use two sites side-by-side without having to tile
    them within a single browser instance. I can accomplish it in SB, but I have
    to copy the url of the new site, Go to the "File" menu to open a "New
    Browser," and paste the url into the address bar. It's so much simpler in
    IE, since I can right-click the link and choose "Open in New Window." I'm
    pretty sure that SB just does not have that functionality built in.
    --Joe
     
    Joe Rees, May 15, 2008
    #34
  15. Does SlimBrowser at least support drag-and-drop?
    E.g. open your new window then just drag a link to it.
    For that matter you could open an IE window and do that.
    For that matter you could do everything in an IE window
    (or windows) and just use the SlimBrowser as a way
    to circumvent your Internet Shortcut problem(s). <eg>

    BTW (getting back to your Internet Shortcut problem)
    have you tried using the Favorites menu from the Start menu?
    That would be analogous to starting a Favorite from
    another windows app using DDE because it would be
    explorer.exe doing the request instead of iexplore.exe.


    I prefer Ctrl-Click for that... ; )


    Good luck

    Robert
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    Robert Aldwinckle, May 16, 2008
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