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Windows 7: Cannot open links in IE 8 in a new Tab

01 Jan 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home premium 64 bit
Cannot open links in IE 8 in a new Tab

I have recently upgraded to a new PC Running Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit.

When using IE8 I cannot open a link in a new tab.

I tried to open a thread on the main forum page by right click on link and click 'Open in new Tab'. All I get is a new tab with 'connecting' in the tab heading and a blank page. This indicitive of the problem as it started well before I entered this forum

This happens whenever I try to open a link in a new Tab ( or window). The main problem this causes is where a site opens a new page when you attempt to login.

I originally thought the problem was with the popup bloker but I get the same result with it turned off.

My wife is giving me considerable grief as she uses IE and I use Firefox. She cannot login in to her credit card site and has to use firefox to login.

Sometimes I get a message error on page but cannot get any information on what the error is. I got a new computer at the same time for another family member. It is running Win 7 Home Premium 32 bit, and everything works ok on that
I hope that the problem is not due to having 64 bit Win 7

Has anyone got any ideas of what to check next as I have run out of ideas



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01 Jan 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
64 Bit

look in your start menu and see if you have 32 bit internet explorer and 64 bit internet explorer if you try to access a site that uses flash content with the 64 bit browser you will run into problems
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02 Jan 2010   #3


with the above advice, you can run IE with no addons too and check. Start - Accessories - System tools and IE with no addons.
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03 Jan 2010   #4

Windows 7 Home premium 64 bit

I have investigated further and it appears the problem is related to not having Javascript enabled.

I get a message 'No Such interface supported'
and a reference to a file on the site.

I have tried to activate Java script from advice on other forums,
by Changing Active scripting to enable and
Scripting - Java Applet enable.

Someone also mentioned running IE8 with addons disabled, I did and still had the problem.

Someone also mentioned that their IE8 has stopped working with JavaScript after a windows update.

If my wife was not complaining so much, I would be happy not to use IE, but I must at least look like I am trying to fix it, as all other problems with the new computer and transfer of programs have been fixed, only IE to go
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03 Jan 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
Reset to default

did you try to reset IE to defaults in internet options
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03 Jan 2010   #6

Windows 7 Home premium 64 bit

Just tried reset to default, and got the same result as I did when I first started, without the message about ib.js file, which came when I enabled 'Display notification of script error'

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03 Jan 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
Download IE

download and reinstall IE8
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04 Jan 2010   #8


^^ we cant download IE8 for Win 7. For re-installing,
start - run - appwiz.cpl - turn windows features on off - uncheck IE. Restart machine, follow the same steps and check mark IE.
If doesnt work,
fire the following command in command prompt(u can run it as an admin)
sfc /scannow
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07 Jan 2010   #9

Windows 7 Professional 32 bit

I am running Win7 Pro 32 bit and I am having the same problem. It is very irritating. A left click on links in some websites simply does nothing (although I can see the url in the status bar). A right click on a link to "open in new window" also does nothing or to "open in new tab" opens a new tab but "connecting... " without end.

I have played around with the security settings, uninstalled AVG, to no avail. I downloaded IE Tweaker (nice little app) but this didn't fix the problem. For example, I used IE Tweaker to set default settings for IE8 which amounts to a reinstall. Again, no success.

It seems that the problem occurs only on certain websites which implies that it is a compatibility issue. I have tried changing the Compatibility Views mode in IE8 but this doesn't fix the problem.

Incidentally, I installed Win7 about a week ago and this problem just arose today.

I'm used to IE8 but I am considering a permanent move to either Chrome or Firefox.
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07 Jan 2010   #10
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1

To get the latest Java do this:
  • Download the latest version of Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 6.
  • Scroll down to where it says "Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 6u17 allows end-users to run Java applications".
  • Click the "Download" button to the right.
  • Check the box that says: "Accept License Agreement".
  • The page will refresh.
  • Click on the link to download Windows Offline Installation with or without Multi-language and save to your desktop.
  • Close any programs you may have running - especially your web browser.
  • Go to Start > Control Panel double-click on Add/Remove programs and remove all older versions of Java.
  • Check any item with Java Runtime Environment (JRE or J2SE) in the name.
  • Click the Remove or Change/Remove button.
  • Repeat as many times as necessary to remove each Java versions.
  • Reboot your computer once all Java components are removed.
  • Then from your desktop double-click on jre-6u17-windows-i586-p.exe to install the newest version.

Make sure you click on 'compatibility view settings' for the web site and also make sure that AVG's "Linkscanner" isn't blocking the site.
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