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Non-Internet shortcut files that are located in a user's Favorites folder may be deleted.
The Windows Internet Explorer\Favorites and Links Group Policy setting that is used to deploy administrative Internet shortcuts to clients deletes non-Internet files if the policy is assigned to users.
Internet Explorer stores Internet shortcut files as .url files. Shortcuts to documents or other files are stored as .lnk files. If the Internet Explorer\Favorites and Links Group Policy setting is applied, it deletes all files that are not .url files in the Favorites folder.
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.
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Date Time Version Size File name ------------------------------------------------------ 03-Apr-02 11:25 16.0.2716.200 294,912 Iedkcs32.dll
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.