The SetCursorPos function does not move the pointer to the link that receives keyboard focus in Internet Explorer 8 on Windows Vista and on Windows Server 2008

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You develop an application that uses the SetCursorPos function to change the pointer position on the screen. The application moves the pointer position to a link in Windows Internet Explorer when the link receives keyboard focus. However, when you run the application on a computer that is running Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008, the SetCursorPos function does not locate the position of the focal link in Windows Internet Explorer 8.

For example, you run the application and then use Internet Explorer 8 to view a Web page that contains several links. When you press TAB to assign the focus to a different link, the pointer does not move to the link that received the focus.

Note When a link obtains keyboard focus, the URL of the link is displayed in the status bar in Internet Explorer.

This issue occurs when protected mode is enabled and when the Web site is not in the Trusted Sites zone in Internet Explorer 8.

Security update information

To resolve this problem, install the most recent cumulative security update for Windows Internet Explorer. To do this, visit the following Microsoft Web site: For more technical information about the most recent cumulative security update for Windows Internet Explorer, visit the following Microsoft Web site: Note This update was first included in security update 978207 (MS10-002). For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
978207 MS10-002: Cumulative security update for Internet Explorer

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is now available from Microsoft. However, it is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply it only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix may 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.

To resolve this problem immediately, contact Microsoft Customer Support Services to obtain the hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Support Services telephone numbers and information about support costs, visit the following Microsoft Web site:Note In special cases, charges that are ordinarily incurred for support calls may be canceled if a Microsoft Support Professional determines that a specific update will resolve your problem. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for the specific update in question.


To install this hotfix, you must have Internet Explorer 8 installed on a computer that is running Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008.

Restart requirement

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

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace a previously released hotfix.

Registry information

To use one of the hotfixes in this package, you do not have to make any changes to the registry.

File information

The English version of this 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.
For all supported x86-based versions of Internet Explorer for Windows Vista or for Windows Server 2008
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Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
More information

Additional file information for Windows Vista and for Windows Server 2008

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