FIX: A new window always opens when you click a link that has a specified target in a WebBrowser control-based application

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SYMPTOMS

Consider the following scenario. You load a Web page in a WebBrowser control-based application. You click a link that has a specified target. In this scenario, a new window always opens. This problem occurs even if the target window is already open. This problem occurs if one of the following conditions is true:
  • The WebBrowser control-based application is the shell for the operating system.
  • The WebBrowser control-based application is the startup program in a Terminal Services session.

RESOLUTION

Windows Vista

Service pack information

To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows Vista. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
935791 How to obtain the latest Windows Vista service pack

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.

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, submit a request to 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.
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 tool in Control Panel.

Internet Explorer 7 for Microsoft Windows Server 2003
   Date         Time   Version        Size       File name
   ---------------------------------------------------------
   10-Oct-2007  17:48  7.0.6000.20696  6,067,200  Ieframe.dll
Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1
   Date         Time   Version        Size       File name
   ---------------------------------------------------------   
   06-Sep-2005  22:18  6.0.2800.1740  1,338,880  Shdocvw.dll
Internet Explorer 6 for Windows Server 2003
   Date         Time   Version        Size       File name
   ---------------------------------------------------------
   07-Sep-2005  02:22  6.0.3790.2524  1,503,744  Shdocvw.dll

Windows XP

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.

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, submit a request to 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.
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.

Internet Explorer 7 for Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2
   Date         Time   Version        Size       File name
   ---------------------------------------------------------
   10-Oct-2007  16:30  7.0.6000.20696  6,067,200  Ieframe.dll
Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1
   Date         Time   Version        Size       File name
   ---------------------------------------------------------   
   06-Sep-2005  22:18  6.0.2800.1740  1,338,880  Shdocvw.dll
Internet Explorer 6 for Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2
   Date         Time   Version        Size       File name
   ---------------------------------------------------------
   07-Sep-2005  02:08  6.0.2900.2754  1,485,824  Shdocvw.dll

STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a bug in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section. This problem was first corrected in Windows Vista Service Pack 1.

The fix is included in Internet Explorer 7 and later versions if the latest updates are installed. But you must enable this fix by making the registry changes that are described in the "More Information" section.

MORE INFORMATION

Warning Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly by using Registry Editor or by using another method. These problems might require that you reinstall the operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that these problems can be solved. Modify the registry at your own risk.

To enable this hotfix, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.
  2. Locate and then click the following registry subkey.
    On 32-bit systems:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\FeatureControl

    On 64-bit systems:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\FeatureControl
  3. If the FEATURE_WEBOC_GLOBAL_WINLIST subkey does not exist in the FeatureControl subkey, right-click FeatureControl, point to New, and then click Key.

    If the FEATURE_WEBOC_GLOBAL_WINLIST subkey does exist in the FeatureControl subkey, click FEATURE_WEBOC_GLOBAL_WINLIST, and then go to step 5.
  4. Type FEATURE_WEBOC_GLOBAL_WINLIST, and then press Enter.
  5. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click DWORD Value.
  6. Type <appname>.exe, and then press Enter.
  7. Right-click <appname>.exe, and then click Modify.
  8. In the Value data box, type 1, and then click OK.
  9. Locate and then click the following registry subkey.
    On 32-bit systems:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\FeatureControl

    On 64-bit systems:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\FeatureControl
  10. If the FEATURE_SHELLWINDOWSWITHOUTEXPLORER subkey does not exist in the FeatureControl subkey, right-click FeatureControl, point to New, and then click Key.

    If the FEATURE_SHELLWINDOWSWITHOUTEXPLORER subkey does exist in the FeatureControl subkey, click FEATURE_SHELLWINDOWSWITHOUTEXPLORER, and then go to step 12.
  11. Type FEATURE_SHELLWINDOWSWITHOUTEXPLORER, and then press Enter.
  12. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click DWORD Value.
  13. Type iexplore.exe, and then press Enter.
  14. Right-click iexplore.exe, and then click Modify.
  15. In the Value data box, type 0, and then click OK.
  16. To exit Registry Editor, click Exit on the File menu.
For more information about software update terminology, 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

REFERENCES

837247 A link that has a specified target always opens in a new window if Internet Explorer is the startup program in a Terminal Services session or the shell for the operating system

Properties

Article ID: 906473 - Last Review: May 18, 2012 - Revision: 11.0
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 Service Pack 1
  • Windows Internet Explorer 7
  • Windows Internet Explorer 8
Keywords: 
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