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Unread 12-05-2008, 12:16 PM   #1
Michel Merlin
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Internet Shortcuts "does not have a program associated"

In "Windows Explorer > some folder", I go to an Internet Shortcut, say "Google", with Properties = "http://www.google.com/". Opening such a Shortcut (using Double-Click in Windows Explorer or Simple-Click in Start Menu) stopped to work last week; instead of opening an IE window on the specified URL, it says:

_____________________________________________
| http://www.google.com/
|________________________________________________
|
| X This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action.
| Create an association in the Folder Options control panel.
|
| | OK |
|______________________________________________
X = white cross on red disk

This change apparently occurred when I uninstalled the package of my previous ISP, which was Orange. That package included a customized IE6, so I think the uninstall attempted (or faked) to restore default settings (Reason for doubt is that the former ISP is the biggest here, that recently turned from official state monopoly to a "private" company with the same monopoly attitude, but aggravated and stripped from former state control).

I went to "Windows Explorer > Tools > Folder Options > File Types", clicked the "File Types"header to sort after that column, and scrolled to the line:

(NONE) Internet Shortcut
(On another PC I have 2 "Internet Shortcut" lines, but on the affected PC I have just the above)

When I select that line, the "Delete" and "Change" buttons are greyed. Opening the "Advanced" button offers nothing useful AFAIK. TIA for any help!

Versailles, Mon 12 May 2008 13:15:05 +0200
 
Unread 12-05-2008, 02:23 PM   #2
Robert Aldwinckle
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Re: Internet Shortcuts "does not have a program associated"

"Michel Merlin" <michel.merlin@laposte.net> wrote in message
news:eB8LwFCtIHA.1936@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...

> In "Windows Explorer > some folder", I go to an Internet Shortcut



means you are opening a file which has an extension of .URL (typically not shown.)


> (NONE) Internet Shortcut
> (On another PC I have 2 "Internet Shortcut" lines, but on the affected PC I have just the above)



Wrong line. Scroll down to Extension URL with the same File type.
BTW I have never noticed that duplication before
(which is there even after I check Always show extension
for that file extension.) ; )


> Opening the "Advanced" button offers nothing useful AFAIK.



That may be where your problem is though. ; )

It's the Editing dialog of the Open Action which is the most significant.

You can see a different representation of the same information
using a cmd window and entering:

<cmd_output OS="XPsp2">
F:\>assoc .URL
..URL=InternetShortcut

F:\>ftype InternetShortcut
InternetShortcut=rundll32.exe ieframe.dll,OpenURL %l
</cmd_output>


HTH

Robert Aldwinckle
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<QP>

In "Windows Explorer > some folder", I go to an Internet Shortcut, say "Google", with Properties = "http://www.google.com/". Opening
such a Shortcut (using Double-Click in Windows Explorer or Simple-Click in Start Menu) stopped to work last week; instead of opening
an IE window on the specified URL, it says:

_____________________________________________
| http://www.google.com/
|________________________________________________
|
| X This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action.
| Create an association in the Folder Options control panel.
|
| | OK |
|______________________________________________
X = white cross on red disk

This change apparently occurred when I uninstalled the package of my previous ISP, which was Orange. That package included a
customized IE6, so I think the uninstall attempted (or faked) to restore default settings (Reason for doubt is that the former ISP
is the biggest here, that recently turned from official state monopoly to a "private" company with the same monopoly attitude, but
aggravated and stripped from former state control).

I went to "Windows Explorer > Tools > Folder Options > File Types", clicked the "File Types"header to sort after that column, and
scrolled to the line:

(NONE) Internet Shortcut
(On another PC I have 2 "Internet Shortcut" lines, but on the affected PC I have just the above)

When I select that line, the "Delete" and "Change" buttons are greyed. Opening the "Advanced" button offers nothing useful AFAIK.
TIA for any help!

Versailles, Mon 12 May 2008 13:15:05 +0200

</QP>


 
Unread 13-05-2008, 06:13 AM   #3
Michel Merlin
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Restored "URL" as "Internet Shortcut" but Internet Shortcuts still fail

1) Thx for your reply, that helped me doing this:

I went again to "Windows Explorer > Tools > Folder Options > File Types", this time I clicked the "URL" header to sort after that column, and scrolled to the line:

URL (something)

I didn't record the "something" but Windows told me (approx) "you changed..." and proposed to restore, which I accepted. Now I have the line:

URL Internet Shortcut

Unfortunately this wasn't enough, even after rebooting, to restore the proper functioning of Internet Shortcuts.

2) Selecting the above "URL Internet Shortcut" line and selecting "Advanced > open > Edit > Application used to perform action" still shows:

rundll32.exe shdocvw.dll,OpenURL %l

and of course in "Start > Menu > Programs > Accessories > Command Prompt", typing "ftype InternetShortcut" also returns:

InternetShortcut=rundll32.exe shdocvw.dll,OpenURL %l

3) On my W2KSP4 PC (which is not affected: from there I can browse through my LAN down to the affected XP Pro laptop and there to the example "http://www.google.com/" Internet Shortcut, this duly opens a new IE6 window loaded with the Google home page), I get the same results, in Windows Explorer and in a CMD black window:

- In "Windows Explorer > Tools > Folder Options > File Types", clicking the "File Types" header to sort after it, then scrolling, duly shows the 2 lines:

N/A Internet Shortcut
URL Internet Shortcut

and selecting the 2nd one then "Advanced > open > Edit > Application used to perform action" also shows:

rundll32.exe shdocvw.dll,OpenURL %l

- In "Start > Program > Accessories > Command Prompt" I also get what's normal:

C:\>ftype InternetShortcut
InternetShortcut=rundll32.exe shdocvw.dll,OpenURL %l

C:\>

4) I didn't apply the "InternetShortcut=rundll32.exe ieframe.dll,OpenURL %l" that you recommend; I am not sure it is quite safe, and BTW I have no "ieframe.dll" on my system. Here are some reasons:

- http://www.google.com/search?q=Inter...2COpenURL+%25l shows "ieframe.dll" is mostly advocated by yourself, with almost no reply other than "IllNeverHaveYouAgai" reporting it caused errors. Other than yourself, the only recommending "ieframe.dll" seem to be 2 french MVPs, and Ramesh who in http://windowsxp.mvps.org/ie/urlopennew.htm seems to imply that "shdocvw.dll" would "Open in New window" while "ieframe.dll" would "Open in New Tab".

- OTOH replacing "ieframe" with "shdocvw", http://www.google.com/search?q=Inter...2COpenURL+%25l shows no more results, but they include an MSKB (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/175306)

- From http://forums.microsoft.com/MSDN/Sho...101&SiteID=1it seems that "ieframe.dll" is a new library created in IE7 to host *part of* what IE6 had in "shdocvw.dll"

- It seems that a significant number of malwares are hiding under the "ieframe.dll" name.

- In addition, I am running IE6 (after two extensive tries of IE7 in 2006-2007, for months each, I reverted to IE6).

So my problem remains unsolved so far, but your post did make things clearer to me. I thank you - and hope you have the time to help me further.

Versailles, Tue 13 May 2008 08:03:30 +0200


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From: Robert Aldwinckle <robald@techemail.com>
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Sent: Mon 12 May 2008 13:24:08 GMT (09:24:08 -0400)
Subject: Re: Internet Shortcuts "does not have a program associated"

> In "Windows Explorer > some folder", I go to an Internet Shortcut


means you are opening a file which has an extension of .URL (typically not shown.)

> (NONE) Internet Shortcut
> (On another PC I have 2 "Internet Shortcut" lines, but on the affected PC I have just the above)


Wrong line. Scroll down to Extension URL with the same File type.
BTW I have never noticed that duplication before
(which is there even after I check Always show extension for that file extension.) ; )

> Opening the "Advanced" button offers nothing useful AFAIK.


That may be where your problem is though. ; )

It's the Editing dialog of the Open Action which is the most significant.

You can see a different representation of the same information using a cmd window and entering:

<cmd_output OS="XPsp2">
F:\>assoc .URL
..URL=InternetShortcut

F:\>ftype InternetShortcut
InternetShortcut=rundll32.exe ieframe.dll,OpenURL %l
</cmd_output>

HTH

Robert Aldwinckle
---


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From: Michel Merlin <michel.merlin@laposte.net>
Newsgroup: news://msnews.microsoft.com/microsof...plorer.general
Message: news://msnews.microsoft.com/eB8LwFCt...TNGP04.phx.gbl
Sent: Mon 12 May 2008 13:15:05 +0200 (11:15:05 GMT)
Subject: Internet Shortcuts "does not have a program associated"

In "Windows Explorer > some folder", I go to an Internet Shortcut, say "Google", with Properties = "http://www.google.com/". Opening such a Shortcut (using Double-Click in Windows Explorer or Simple-Click in Start Menu) stopped to work last week; instead of opening an IE window on the specified URL, it says:

_____________________________________________
| http://www.google.com/
|________________________________________________
|
| X This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action.
| Create an association in the Folder Options control panel.
|
| | OK |
|______________________________________________
X = white cross on red disk

This change apparently occurred when I uninstalled the package of my previous ISP, which was Orange. That package included a customized IE6, so I think the uninstall attempted (or faked) to restore default settings (Reason for doubt is that the former ISP is the biggest here, that recently turned from official state monopoly to a "private" company with the same monopoly attitude, but aggravated and stripped from former state control).

I went to "Windows Explorer > Tools > Folder Options > File Types", clicked the "File Types"header to sort after that column, and scrolled to the line:

(NONE) Internet Shortcut
(On another PC I have 2 "Internet Shortcut" lines, but on the affected PC I have just the above)

When I select that line, the "Delete" and "Change" buttons are greyed. Opening the "Advanced" button offers nothing useful AFAIK. TIA for any help!

Versailles, Mon 12 May 2008 13:15:05 +0200
 
Unread 13-05-2008, 06:18 PM   #4
Robert Aldwinckle
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Re: Restored "URL" as "Internet Shortcut" but Internet Shortcuts still fail

"Michel Merlin" <michel.merlin@laposte.net> wrote in message news:uzh7S8LtIHA.5580@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...

> I didn't record the "something" but Windows told me (approx)
> "you changed..." and proposed to restore, which I accepted.



I didn't follow that.


> 2) Selecting the above "URL Internet Shortcut" line and selecting "Advanced > open >
> Edit > Application used to perform action" still shows:
>
> rundll32.exe shdocvw.dll,OpenURL %l



That's fine if you are using IE6.


> 4) I didn't apply the "InternetShortcut=rundll32.exe ieframe.dll,OpenURL %l" that you recommend;
> I am not sure it is quite safe, and BTW I have no "ieframe.dll" on my system.



I didn't actually reommend a change. It was just an example of the technique.
You only get ieframe.dll when you install IE7 or IE8.


There seems to be a contradiction here?
(Two filetypes called Internet Shortcut and then only one?)

> - In "Windows Explorer > Tools > Folder Options > File Types", clicking the "File Types" header to sort > after it, then
> scrolling, duly shows the 2 lines:
>
> N/A Internet Shortcut
> URL Internet Shortcut



> (NONE) Internet Shortcut
> (On another PC I have 2 "Internet Shortcut" lines, but on the affected PC I have just the above)


If you're only getting the one (NONE) which shows Open with: (and then blank)
instead of the .URL one which shows Open with: iexplore.exe
that would probably explain your symptom. Also, I can't remember when you
would see N/A and when you would see (NONE). I suspect it may be a
difference in OS version or maintenance level.

In any case if you are using IE6 (and not IE7) you can try an IE Repair.
E.g. if you have setupwbv.dll (which you could only have had by installing
IE6sp1 into XP base) you could use the conventional IE Repair.
Otherwise try MVP Kai Schaetzl's cmd file

http://iefaq******/index.php?action=a...=31&artlang=en

That re-registers all key .dlls in all ways (the way that the XPsp2 /ierereg option was supposed to).
So if there are some broken bits in your registry that would have a good chance of resetting them.

The one re-registration which I suspect would help the most is

regsvr32.exe /i shdocvw.dll

Note to IE7 or IE8 lurkers: do not try these tools. ; )


Good luck

Robert
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