A shortcut for Internet Explorer does not load the specified URL in Internet Explorer 8

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SYMPTOMS

You create a shortcut (.lnk file) for Windows Internet Explorer in the Favorites folder. This shortcut opens a specified URL in a new Internet Explorer window. However, this shortcut does not work correctly when you click the shortcut under the Favorites menu on the menu bar in Windows Explorer. In this situation, your homepage is displayed in the new Internet Explorer window instead of the specified URL.

Notes
  • The Favorites folder refers to the %userprofile%\Favorites folder.
  • This issue does not occur when you click the shortcut from the Favorites button on the toolbar in Internet Explorer 8.
  • If you experience a similar issue in Windows Internet Explorer 7, please install hotfix 952729 and add the FEATURE_SHELLEXEC_FAVCENTER_KB952729 feature control key. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    952729 When you try to open a shortcut in Internet Explorer 7, the target executable file cannot be loaded
To reproduce this issue, see the "More information" section.

RESOLUTION

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.

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites.

Registry information

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
To use one of the updates in this package, you must create a registry key. To do this, follow these steps:
  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 FEATURE_SHELLEXEC_FAVCENTER_KB952729, and then press ENTER.
  5. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click DWORD Value.
  6. Type Iexplore.exe, and then press ENTER.
  7. Right-click Iexplore.exe menu, click Modify.
  8. In the Value data box, type 1, and then click OK.
  9. Exit Registry Editor.

Restart requirement

You may have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace a previously released hotfix.

File information

The global version or English (EN-US) version of this hotfix installs files that have the attributes that are listed in the following tables. The dates and the times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The dates and the times for these files on your local computer are displayed in your local time together with your current daylight saving time (DST) bias. Additionally, the dates and the times may change when you perform certain operations on the files.
Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 file information notes
  • The files that apply to a specific service branch (QFE, GDR) are noted in the "Service branch" column.
  • GDR service branches contain only those fixes that are widely released to address widespread, extremely important issues. QFE service branches contain hotfixes in addition to widely released fixes.
  • In addition to the files that are listed in these tables, this update also installs an associated security catalog file (KBnumber.cat) that is signed with a Microsoft digital signature.
For all supported x86-based versions of Windows XP Service Pack 3
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Ieframe.dll8.0.6001.2301411,078,14422-Apr-201013:49x86
Updspapi.dll6.3.13.0382,84008-Jul-200813:02x86
For all supported x86-based versions of Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Ieframe.dll8.0.6001.2301411,078,14422-Apr-201010:42x86
Updspapi.dll6.3.4.1379,18401-Mar-200706:10x86
For all supported x64-based versions of Windows Server 2003
For all supported x64-based versions of Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatformSP requirementService branch
Ieframe.dll8.0.6001.2301412,469,76022-Apr-201008:39x64SP2SP2QFE
Wieframe.dll8.0.6001.2301411,078,14422-Apr-201008:39x86SP2SP2QFE\WOW
Updspapi.dll6.3.4.1462,12822-Apr-201008:53x64NoneNot applicable
Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 file information notes
Important Windows Vista hotfixes and Windows Server 2008 hotfixes are included in the same packages. However, only "Windows Vista" is listed on the Hotfix Request page. To request the hotfix package that applies to one or both operating systems, select the hotfix that is listed under "Windows Vista" on the page. Always refer to the "Applies To" section in articles to determine the actual operating system that each hotfix applies to.
  • The MANIFEST files (.manifest) that are installed for each environment are listed separately in the "Additional file information for Windows Server 2008 and for Windows Vista" section. MANIFEST files and the associated security catalog (.cat) files, are extremely important to maintain the state of the updated components. The security catalog files, for which the attributes are not listed, are signed with a Microsoft digital signature.
For all supported x86-based versions of Windows Server 2008 and of Windows Vista
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Ieframe.dll8.0.6001.2301411,078,14420-Apr-201016:40x86
Ieui.dll8.0.6001.23014164,35220-Apr-201016:40x86
For all supported x64-based versions of Windows Server 2008 and of Windows Vista
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Ieframe.dll8.0.6001.2301412,469,76020-Apr-201004:05x64
Ieui.dll8.0.6001.23014219,13620-Apr-201004:05x64
Ieframe.dll8.0.6001.2301411,078,14420-Apr-201016:40x86
Ieui.dll8.0.6001.23014164,35220-Apr-201016:40x86
Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 file information notes
Important Windows 7 hotfixes and Windows Server 2008 R2 hotfixes are included in the same packages. However, hotfixes on the Hotfix Request page are listed under both operating systems. To request the hotfix package that applies to one or both operating systems, select the hotfix that is listed under "Windows 7/Windows Server 2008 R2" on the page. Always refer to the "Applies To" section in articles to determine the actual operating system that each hotfix applies to.
  • The MANIFEST files (.manifest) that are installed for each environment are listed separately in the "Additional file information for Windows Server 2008 R2 and for Windows 7" section. MANIFEST files and the associated security catalog (.cat) files, are extremely important to maintain the state of the updated components. The security catalog files, for which the attributes are not listed, are signed with a Microsoft digital signature.
For all supported x86-based versions of Windows 7
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Ieframe.dll8.00.7600.1638410,980,86410-Apr-201008:15x86
Ieframe.ptxml13,27013-Jul-200920:45Not applicable
Ieui.dll8.00.7600.16385176,64014-Jul-200901:15x86
For all supported x64-based versions of Windows 7 and of Windows Server 2008 R2
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Ieframe.dll8.00.7600.1638412,361,21610-Apr-201008:16x64
Ieframe.ptxml13,27013-Jul-200920:36Not applicable
Ieui.dll8.00.7600.16385247,80814-Jul-200901:41x64
Ieframe.dll8.00.7600.1638410,980,86410-Apr-201008:15x86
Ieui.dll8.00.7600.16385176,64014-Jul-200901:15x86
Wow64_ieframe.ptxml13,27013-Jul-200920:45Not applicable

WORKAROUND

To work around this issue, click the shortcut from either of the following locations:
  • The Favorites folder
  • The Favorites button on the toolbar in the Internet Explorer 8 window

STATUS

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

MORE INFORMATION

Steps to reproduce this issue

To reproduce this issue, follow these steps:
  1. Create a shortcut (.lnk file) to a specified URL in Internet Explorer. To do this, follow these steps:
    1. Open the Favorites folder, right-click in an empty area, click New, and then click Shortcut.
    2. Click Browse to add the path of Internet Explorer 8, and then type a URL after the path in the Type the location of the item box. Or, you can type the path and the URL directly in the Type the location of the item box. For example, you type the following location:
      "c:\program files\internet explorer\iexplore.exe" http://www.bing.com
  2. In an Internet Explorer 8 window, click the shortcut on the Favorites menu from the menu bar.


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

Additional file information

Additional file information for Windows Vista and for Windows Server 2008

Additional files for all supported x86-based versions of Windows Vista and of Windows Server 2008
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File nameX86_0bb1d6aa71076f4703fb909730b09811_31bf3856ad364e35_8.0.6001.23014_none_24909a5b482f93bf.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size695
Date (UTC)20-Apr-2010
Time (UTC)20:07
PlatformNot applicable
File nameX86_microsoft-windows-ieframe_31bf3856ad364e35_8.0.6001.23014_none_480e3674dd0e9878.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size280,265
Date (UTC)20-Apr-2010
Time (UTC)17:00
PlatformNot applicable
Additional files for all supported x64-based versions of Windows Vista and of Windows Server 2008
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File nameAmd64_9dcc6d7e930e73b9dc495a7a854f8bf1_31bf3856ad364e35_8.0.6001.23014_none_460625fc1566d8e5.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size1,038
Date (UTC)20-Apr-2010
Time (UTC)20:07
PlatformNot applicable
File nameAmd64_microsoft-windows-ieframe_31bf3856ad364e35_8.0.6001.23014_none_a42cd1f8956c09ae.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size280,383
Date (UTC)20-Apr-2010
Time (UTC)04:26
PlatformNot applicable
File nameX86_microsoft-windows-ieframe_31bf3856ad364e35_8.0.6001.23014_none_480e3674dd0e9878.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size280,265
Date (UTC)20-Apr-2010
Time (UTC)17:00
PlatformNot applicable

Additional file information for Windows 7 and for Windows Server 2008 R2

Additional files for all supported x86-based versions of Windows 7
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File nameX86_8ba65118d82bc7aa1dc0ddb17c4b898e_31bf3856ad364e35_8.0.7600.20688_none_e178f3d183e2358d.manifest
File version
File size695
Date (UTC)13-Apr-2010
Time (UTC)17:45
PlatformNot applicable
File nameX86_microsoft-windows-ieframe_31bf3856ad364e35_8.0.7600.20688_none_7fbfab6f9f8f7d54.manifest
File version
File size201,049
Date (UTC)13-Apr-2010
Time (UTC)17:47
PlatformNot applicable
Additional files for all supported x64-based versions of Windows 7 and of Windows Server 2008 R2
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File nameAmd64_13b40a93038876d88e77f297451a9cf9_31bf3856ad364e35_8.0.7600.20688_none_b1dd3ec5cc32e424.manifest
File version
File size699
Date (UTC)13-Apr-2010
Time (UTC)17:45
PlatformNot applicable
File nameAmd64_3edd90a8083bbdb1131b6b2f98e90589_31bf3856ad364e35_8.0.7600.20688_none_1b62771d07b17122.manifest
File version
File size1,040
Date (UTC)13-Apr-2010
Time (UTC)17:45
PlatformNot applicable
File nameAmd64_microsoft-windows-ieframe_31bf3856ad364e35_8.0.7600.20688_none_dbde46f357ecee8a.manifest
File version
File size201,053
Date (UTC)13-Apr-2010
Time (UTC)17:53
PlatformNot applicable
File nameWow64_microsoft-windows-ieframe_31bf3856ad364e35_8.0.7600.20688_none_e632f1458c4db085.manifest
File version
File size199,054
Date (UTC)13-Apr-2010
Time (UTC)17:53
PlatformNot applicable

Properties

Article ID: 982064 - Last Review: October 6, 2011 - Revision: 2.0
APPLIES TO
  • Windows Internet Explorer 8
Keywords: 
kbexpertiseinter kbhotfixserver kbqfe kbfix kbautohotfix kbsurveynew kbprb KB982064

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