Modified Date on Favorites File Changes

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by bobspicks, Feb 14, 2007.

  1. bobspicks

    bobspicks Guest

    From Windows Explorer I double-click on a file in my Favorites folder. The
    website comes up in Internet Explorer perfectly. However, the modified date
    on the file gets updated. This never happened with Windows XP SP1 and IE6.

    While it may sound trivial, I like to know that a particular website has
    been online since 1998, which I could tell by the date on the file in
    Favorites. Now I can't because the modified date gets updated to the date
    when I clicked it.

    Is changing the modified date when I didn't actually modify the file a
    "feature" of Windows XP SP2 and/or IE7?

    Bob
     
    bobspicks, Feb 14, 2007
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    bobspicks Guest

    I had a friend with Windows XP Pro SP2 and IE6 double-click on a shortcut in
    Windows Explorer and the modified date did NOT change.

    Is there some way to disable the modified date from being updated unless I
    actually go into the shortcut and change it?

    Bob
     
    bobspicks, Apr 18, 2007
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  3. Some users are supposedly finding useful marking the .URL file Read-Only.

    I think it's a "feechur" of the new favicon implementation in IE7.
    E.g. another possible workaround I suspect would be opening the favorite
    while Work Offline was set. Then once the URI was loaded into the Address
    bar you would probably be able to Refresh that page independently of the
    Favorite which put its address there. Unfortunately this idea would only work
    if the page's HTML was cached. Extracting the URL from the Properties,
    Web Document tab would do the same thing but then you would just be using
    the Favorite as a means of storing a string.

    BTW have you tried backing up the *.URL files and trying to find out
    what the differences are? In fact, if you did that you would still have
    a copy to replace one that had been changed, thus preserving the old
    Date Modified.


    Good luck

    Robert Aldwinckle
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    Robert Aldwinckle, Apr 18, 2007
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  4. bobspicks

    bobspicks Guest

    Robert:

    Thanks for the suggestions.

    I checked the shortcut before and after clicking it. It doesn't seem like
    the URL changes, but I did see the following:
    - size of the file changes (e.g., from 262 bytes to 325 bytes)
    - Visits changes from Unknown to 1 (in fact, shortcuts I opened two days ago
    show the Visits as Unknown until I click on it and the modified date changes
    again)
    - the title appears when I move the cursor over the filename.

    I recently had a bad virus and had to reload Windows XP, with SP2 this time,
    and IE7. I restored my Favorites folder and that is probably why the number
    of Visits is Unknown the first time. I'm just now going through all of my
    favourites to clean out the dead links. But I previously catalogued the URLs
    and the easiest way to record the new ones is to sort by modified date.
    Obviously, this is impossible if the modified date changes simply by clicking
    the shortcut. I did think about backing up the favourites, but I haven't yet
    figured out how to organize the two sets of files after I've cleaned out the
    dead links.

    I tested setting the shortcut to Read-Only and this prevented the size of
    the file and the modified date from being changed. The one drawback to using
    this method is I have, don't laugh, over 130,000 shortcuts. This doesn't
    make it feasible to change all shortcuts to Read-Only unless there's a way to
    change all of them at once. Are shortcuts in IE6 set to Read-Only?

    Another phenomenon I've observed is that the modified date on some shortcuts
    changes simply by selecting the folder. In addition, I've renamed a file
    only to later find both the old and new file existing in the folder.

    Any additional suggestions would be appreciated.

    Bob
     
    bobspicks, Apr 19, 2007
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    Phil Good Guest

    I have exactly the same problem, I have plenty of favorites (I have IE8 and Vista Pro 64 bits), and when I double-click on a URL file in my list of URLs in the Favorites folder, it changes its previous date into the date of the new visit !
    And guess what, it happened several times already that all my thousands of favorites in the Favorites folder of Vista and in all subfolders were then set to the same date of this one new url opening !!! So I lost all the order of visits of my URLs, which is extremely annoying and upseting !!!
    Would someone have a clue how to solve this problem ? Would be so nice, thank you !

    Phil



    bobspick wrote:

    Re: Modified Date on Favorites File Changes
    18-avr.-07

    Robert:

    Thanks for the suggestions.

    I checked the shortcut before and after clicking it. It doesn't seem like
    the URL changes, but I did see the following:
    - size of the file changes (e.g., from 262 bytes to 325 bytes)
    - Visits changes from Unknown to 1 (in fact, shortcuts I opened two days ago
    show the Visits as Unknown until I click on it and the modified date changes
    again)
    - the title appears when I move the cursor over the filename.

    I recently had a bad virus and had to reload Windows XP, with SP2 this time,
    and IE7. I restored my Favorites folder and that is probably why the number
    of Visits is Unknown the first time. I'm just now going through all of my
    favourites to clean out the dead links. But I previously catalogued the URLs
    and the easiest way to record the new ones is to sort by modified date.
    Obviously, this is impossible if the modified date changes simply by clicking
    the shortcut. I did think about backing up the favourites, but I haven't yet
    figured out how to organize the two sets of files after I've cleaned out the
    dead links.

    I tested setting the shortcut to Read-Only and this prevented the size of
    the file and the modified date from being changed. The one drawback to using
    this method is I have, don't laugh, over 130,000 shortcuts. This doesn't
    make it feasible to change all shortcuts to Read-Only unless there's a way to
    change all of them at once. Are shortcuts in IE6 set to Read-Only?

    Another phenomenon I've observed is that the modified date on some shortcuts
    changes simply by selecting the folder. In addition, I've renamed a file
    only to later find both the old and new file existing in the folder.

    Any additional suggestions would be appreciated.

    Bob

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    Phil Good, Oct 7, 2009
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    treeswift Guest

    Op woensdag 7 oktober 2009 15:33:26 UTC+2 schreef Phil Good het volgende:
    I think it's rediculous that all your .url files get changed after merely loading Internet Explorer, as is still the case currently with Windows 8 andIE 10.
    I can't believe this hasn't been solved yet. It messes up file synchronisation, and you lose the time you created the file. Please comment if you agree or have a solution or workaround.
     
    treeswift, Apr 27, 2013
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