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=supportNote 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 WindowsTo 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

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Ieframe.dll

8.0.6001.23014

11,078,144

22-Apr-2010

13:49

x86

Updspapi.dll

6.3.13.0

382,840

08-Jul-2008

13:02

x86

For all supported x86-based versions of Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Ieframe.dll

8.0.6001.23014

11,078,144

22-Apr-2010

10:42

x86

Updspapi.dll

6.3.4.1

379,184

01-Mar-2007

06:10

x86

For all supported x64-based versions of Windows Server 2003
For all supported x64-based versions of Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

SP requirement

Service branch

Ieframe.dll

8.0.6001.23014

12,469,760

22-Apr-2010

08:39

x64

SP2

SP2QFE

Wieframe.dll

8.0.6001.23014

11,078,144

22-Apr-2010

08:39

x86

SP2

SP2QFE\WOW

Updspapi.dll

6.3.4.1

462,128

22-Apr-2010

08:53

x64

None

Not 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

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Ieframe.dll

8.0.6001.23014

11,078,144

20-Apr-2010

16:40

x86

Ieui.dll

8.0.6001.23014

164,352

20-Apr-2010

16:40

x86

For all supported x64-based versions of Windows Server 2008 and of Windows Vista

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Ieframe.dll

8.0.6001.23014

12,469,760

20-Apr-2010

04:05

x64

Ieui.dll

8.0.6001.23014

219,136

20-Apr-2010

04:05

x64

Ieframe.dll

8.0.6001.23014

11,078,144

20-Apr-2010

16:40

x86

Ieui.dll

8.0.6001.23014

164,352

20-Apr-2010

16:40

x86

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

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Ieframe.dll

8.00.7600.16384

10,980,864

10-Apr-2010

08:15

x86

Ieframe.ptxml

13,270

13-Jul-2009

20:45

Not applicable

Ieui.dll

8.00.7600.16385

176,640

14-Jul-2009

01:15

x86

For all supported x64-based versions of Windows 7 and of Windows Server 2008 R2

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Ieframe.dll

8.00.7600.16384

12,361,216

10-Apr-2010

08:16

x64

Ieframe.ptxml

13,270

13-Jul-2009

20:36

Not applicable

Ieui.dll

8.00.7600.16385

247,808

14-Jul-2009

01:41

x64

Ieframe.dll

8.00.7600.16384

10,980,864

10-Apr-2010

08:15

x86

Ieui.dll

8.00.7600.16385

176,640

14-Jul-2009

01:15

x86

Wow64_ieframe.ptxml

13,270

13-Jul-2009

20:45

Not 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

File name

X86_0bb1d6aa71076f4703fb909730b09811_31bf3856ad364e35_8.0.6001.23014_none_24909a5b482f93bf.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

695

Date (UTC)

20-Apr-2010

Time (UTC)

20:07

Platform

Not applicable

File name

X86_microsoft-windows-ieframe_31bf3856ad364e35_8.0.6001.23014_none_480e3674dd0e9878.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

280,265

Date (UTC)

20-Apr-2010

Time (UTC)

17:00

Platform

Not applicable

Additional files for all supported x64-based versions of Windows Vista and of Windows Server 2008

File name

Amd64_9dcc6d7e930e73b9dc495a7a854f8bf1_31bf3856ad364e35_8.0.6001.23014_none_460625fc1566d8e5.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

1,038

Date (UTC)

20-Apr-2010

Time (UTC)

20:07

Platform

Not applicable

File name

Amd64_microsoft-windows-ieframe_31bf3856ad364e35_8.0.6001.23014_none_a42cd1f8956c09ae.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

280,383

Date (UTC)

20-Apr-2010

Time (UTC)

04:26

Platform

Not applicable

File name

X86_microsoft-windows-ieframe_31bf3856ad364e35_8.0.6001.23014_none_480e3674dd0e9878.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

280,265

Date (UTC)

20-Apr-2010

Time (UTC)

17:00

Platform

Not applicable

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

Additional files for all supported x86-based versions of Windows 7

File name

X86_8ba65118d82bc7aa1dc0ddb17c4b898e_31bf3856ad364e35_8.0.7600.20688_none_e178f3d183e2358d.manifest

File version

File size

695

Date (UTC)

13-Apr-2010

Time (UTC)

17:45

Platform

Not applicable

File name

X86_microsoft-windows-ieframe_31bf3856ad364e35_8.0.7600.20688_none_7fbfab6f9f8f7d54.manifest

File version

File size

201,049

Date (UTC)

13-Apr-2010

Time (UTC)

17:47

Platform

Not applicable

Additional files for all supported x64-based versions of Windows 7 and of Windows Server 2008 R2

File name

Amd64_13b40a93038876d88e77f297451a9cf9_31bf3856ad364e35_8.0.7600.20688_none_b1dd3ec5cc32e424.manifest

File version

File size

699

Date (UTC)

13-Apr-2010

Time (UTC)

17:45

Platform

Not applicable

File name

Amd64_3edd90a8083bbdb1131b6b2f98e90589_31bf3856ad364e35_8.0.7600.20688_none_1b62771d07b17122.manifest

File version

File size

1,040

Date (UTC)

13-Apr-2010

Time (UTC)

17:45

Platform

Not applicable

File name

Amd64_microsoft-windows-ieframe_31bf3856ad364e35_8.0.7600.20688_none_dbde46f357ecee8a.manifest

File version

File size

201,053

Date (UTC)

13-Apr-2010

Time (UTC)

17:53

Platform

Not applicable

File name

Wow64_microsoft-windows-ieframe_31bf3856ad364e35_8.0.7600.20688_none_e632f1458c4db085.manifest

File version

File size

199,054

Date (UTC)

13-Apr-2010

Time (UTC)

17:53

Platform

Not applicable

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