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Windows 7: Hyperlink malfunction - opens folder

25 Jan 2011   #1
MrEos

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Hyperlink malfunction - opens folder

I searched and didn't find this topic. Hoping its not too unusual and someone has an easy solution.

Clicking on emailed urls don't open the browser/webpage. Instead, the "My documents" folder opens with windows explorer. Happens with any web link. Not my computer, so I don't have any other clues. She says it just started happening. No viruses detected.

Windows 7 x64 and Outlook 2003 (fully patched & updated).

Anyone have the quick, easy fix?


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25 Jan 2011   #2
DeVandal

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

When it does this, navigate to Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe and double clock it. Close the email client. Try again.

Did it self correct? If not, do this https://www.sevenforums.com/89572-post1.html
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25 Jan 2011   #3
MrEos

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I tried your first suggestion. URLs now open IE8, but go to homepage instead of the designated url. That's an improvement. Thanks.

I checked protocol association for HTTP, and it is set to IE8.

Next step?
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25 Jan 2011   #4
DeVandal

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

In the registry, we need to add %1. Give me a minute and I will look it up.
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25 Jan 2011   #5
DeVandal

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Actually, at this point, use Default Programs in Control Panel. Choose the first item, Set Your Default Programs. It will take a moment to load.

Select Internet Explorer.

Select Set This Program as Default.

That should do it.
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25 Jan 2011   #6
MrEos

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

It's on tomorrows agenda at this point. Shutting down for the night.

Also, clicking on emailed link - the browser opens behind the email client. Hopefully your regedit fixes that too. I'll let you know results.

Edit: posts overlapped. I'll try the default thing tomorrow and let you know. Thanks for your help.
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28 Jan 2011   #7
MrEos

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Done. Clicking on an emailed url still goes to homepage instead of designated link, but IE window is in front now. Making progress but not quite there. I also tried tools|advanced|restore defaults from inside IE8. No change.
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02 Feb 2011   #8
MrEos

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Solved

Used the .reg files for .url, .htm and .html from this tutorial and everything now works. I bet doing just the .url would have fixed it, but that didn't occur to me until after I had merged all three. Thanks DeVandal and Forum.
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