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IE6 shortcuts

Discussion in 'Business Applications' started by swifte, Dec 21, 2001.

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  1. swifte

    swifte Thread Starter

    May 17, 2000
    When I select a create a desktop shortcut from a web page in IE6, I get the shortcut. However, the shortcut is non-functional. When I click on it, I get a message saying that the necessary "PROGRAM.exe" to open the file cannot be found. I had recently uninstalled Netscape Navigator as my web browser (I had been running both NN and IE6), so I suspect that the computer is looking for something in Netscape. Any ideas on how to correct?
  2. Rockn


    Jul 29, 2001
  3. TonyKlein

    TonyKlein Malware Specialist

    Aug 26, 2001

    To start with, do some cleaning:

    Shut down Internet Explorer and Outlook Express.
    Go to Control Panel/Internet, and clear your temporary Internet Files.
    Click on Settings/show files, and delete all cookies there.
    Now go to the Advanced tab, and click Restore Defaults.
    And go to the Security tab, and click restore defaults there as well.

    Now first try setting IE5 as your default browser. Go to IE tools/internet options/programs and turn on the check box for IE to check if it is the default browser. Shut down and restart IE. When it asks to be default browser, say yes.

    This is absolutely vital for your hyperlinks to work.

    Also have a look at this MS article:

    Internet Shortcuts in Outlook Express Don't Start Browser

    It appears to refer to OE, but it's relevant all the same.

    It's also advisable to run IE Repair, if you have it available.
    It often repairs these file asssociations: Description of the Internet Explorer Repair Tool

    Good luck,
  4. swifte

    swifte Thread Starter

    May 17, 2000
    These look like great ideas; I'm sure one of them will work.
    Thanks, guys.
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