When you try to open a shortcut in Internet Explorer 7, the target executable file cannot be loaded

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SYMPTOMS

You create a shortcut (an .lnk file) to point to an executable file. However, on a computer that has Internet Explorer 7 installed, when you try to use Internet Explorer 7 to open the .lnk file, Internet Explorer 7 cannot load the target executable file.

Note This problem does not occur in Internet Explorer 6.

RESOLUTION

Windows XP

Service Pack information

To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows XP. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322389 How to obtain the latest Windows XP service pack

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=support
Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.
Prerequisites
To apply this hotfix, you must have Windows XP Service Pack 2 installed on the computer.
Restart requirement
You have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.
Hotfix replacement information
This hotfix does not replace any other previously released hotfixes.
Registry information
To enable this hotfix, follow these steps.

Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322756 How to back up and restore the registry in Windows
  1. Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then press ENTER.
  2. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\FeatureControl
  3. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click Key.
  4. Type the following key name, and then press ENTER:
    FEATURE_SHELLEXEC_FAVCENTER_KB952729
  5. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click DWORD Value.
  6. Type iexplore.exe, and then press ENTER.
  7. On the Edit menu, click Modify.
  8. Type 1, and then click OK.
  9. Exit Registry Editor.
File information
The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time item in Control Panel.
Windows XP with SP2, x86-based versions
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Ieframe.dll7.0.6000.208336,068,22415-May-200816:02x86

Windows Server 2003

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=support
Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.
Prerequisites
To apply this hotfix, you must have Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 installed on the computer.
Restart requirement
You have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.
Hotfix replacement information
This hotfix does not replace any other previously released hotfixes.
Registry information
To enable this hotfix, follow these steps.

Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322756 How to back up and restore the registry in Windows
  1. Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then press ENTER.
  2. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\FeatureControl
  3. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click Key.
  4. Type the following key name, and then press ENTER:
    FEATURE_SHELLEXEC_FAVCENTER_KB952729
  5. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click DWORD Value.
  6. Type iexplore.exe, and then press ENTER.
  7. On the Edit menu, click Modify.
  8. Type 1, and then click OK.
  9. Exit Registry Editor.
File information
The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time item in Control Panel.
Windows Server 2003 with SP2, x86-based versions
Collapse this tableExpand this table
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Ieframe.dll7.0.6000.208336,068,22416-May-200810:52x86

Windows Vista

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=support
Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.
Prerequisites
To apply this hotfix, you must have Windows Vista or Windows Vista Service Pack 1 installed on the computer.
Restart requirement
You have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.
Hotfix replacement information
This hotfix does not replace any other previously released hotfixes.
Registry information
To enable this hotfix, follow these steps.

Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322756 How to back up and restore the registry in Windows
  1. Click Start
    Collapse this imageExpand this image
    the Start button
    , type regedit in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER.
  2. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\FeatureControl
  3. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click Key.
  4. Type the following key name, and then press ENTER:
    FEATURE_SHELLEXEC_FAVCENTER_KB952729
  5. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click DWORD Value.
  6. Type iexplore.exe, and then press ENTER.
  7. On the Edit menu, click Modify.
  8. Type 1, and then click OK.
  9. Exit Registry Editor.
File information
The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time item in Control Panel.
Windows Vista, x86-based versions
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Package_1_for_kb952729~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.1.0.mumNot Applicable1,78013-May-200823:39Not Applicable
Package_2_for_kb952729~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.1.0.mumNot Applicable1,71913-May-200823:39Not Applicable
Package_for_kb952729_client_0~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.1.0.mumNot Applicable1,42513-May-200823:39Not Applicable
Package_for_kb952729_client~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.1.0.mumNot Applicable1,43013-May-200823:39Not Applicable
Package_for_kb952729_winpe_0~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.1.0.mumNot Applicable1,36313-May-200823:39Not Applicable
Package_for_kb952729_winpe~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.1.0.mumNot Applicable1,42313-May-200823:39Not Applicable
Update.mumNot Applicable1,85813-May-200823:39Not Applicable
X86_ccf826bbdf755827196b148a3122a252_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6000.20833_none_5fb33f1c184a43f5.manifestNot Applicable69513-May-200823:39Not Applicable
X86_microsoft-windows-ieframe_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6000.20833_none_63285dc4ca2bb521.manifestNot Applicable748,16613-May-200803:50Not Applicable
Ieframe.dll7.0.6000.208336,068,22413-May-200803:15x86
Ieui.dll7.0.6000.20833180,73613-May-200803:15x86

Windows Vista with SP1, x86-based versions
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Package_1_for_kb952729~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.2.0.mumNot Applicable1,94214-May-200805:25Not Applicable
Package_2_for_kb952729~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.2.0.mumNot Applicable1,78014-May-200805:25Not Applicable
Package_for_kb952729_client_1~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.2.0.mumNot Applicable1,36714-May-200805:25Not Applicable
Package_for_kb952729_client~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.2.0.mumNot Applicable1,43014-May-200805:25Not Applicable
Package_for_kb952729_server_0~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.2.0.mumNot Applicable1,42514-May-200805:25Not Applicable
Package_for_kb952729_server~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.2.0.mumNot Applicable1,43014-May-200805:25Not Applicable
Update.mumNot Applicable2,08214-May-200805:25Not Applicable
X86_c943ae3653d07f3099f42999f9065214_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22177_none_f8c001c6c02bce21.manifestNot Applicable69514-May-200805:25Not Applicable
X86_microsoft-windows-ieframe_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22177_none_64e75bfcc76f1e0b.manifestNot Applicable748,16613-May-200804:16Not Applicable
Ieframe.dll7.0.6001.221776,069,76013-May-200803:14x86
Ieui.dll7.0.6001.22177180,73613-May-200803:14x86

WORKAROUND

To work around this issue, convert the .lnk file to a .url file.

STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

Properties

Article ID: 952729 - Last Review: October 8, 2011 - Revision: 2.0
APPLIES TO
  • Windows Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP
  • Windows Internet Explorer 7 for Windows Server 2003
  • Windows Internet Explorer 7 in Windows Vista
Keywords: 
kbautohotfix kbexpertiseinter kbfix kbqfe KB952729

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