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    Desktop favorites shortcuts won't work (WinXp Home SP2 IE6)

    Favorites shortcuts on desktop or task bar no longer work. Favorites shortcuts work OK from folders and Explorer.
    When I click on a Favorites shortcut on desktop I get the 'which program do you want to open this with' box.
    I select IE and check 'Always use the selected program.......' box.
    The shortcut opens normally.
    When I close it down and select it again it doesn't work. It seems that the check box doesn't 'stick'.
    I'd be very grateful for comments - thanks.

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    Re: Desktop favorites shortcuts won't work (WinXp

    Can you associate this with any changes to your system? For example, is it linked with the installation of Service Pack 2 for Windows XP?

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    Re: Desktop favorites shortcuts won't work (WinXp

    It could well be linked to SP2 but I'm not certain.

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    Re: Desktop favorites shortcuts won't work (WinXp

    If you drag a shortcut from the Favorites folder to the desktop & double click it, what happens? If you drag a shortcut from the desktop to the favorites forlder & double click it, what happens? Can you right click a shortcut in the Favorites folder & SendTo desktop as shortcut?

    I'm trying to figure out whether the shortcuts on the desktop are somehow different or whether the registry is treating the desktop path differently.

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    Re: Desktop favorites shortcuts won't work (WinXp

    Phil - Thanks for your trouble:
    Quote. "If you drag a shortcut from the Favorites folder to the desktop & double click it, what happens?"
    Box opens asking what program I want to use to open file. I then select OE, check box 'always use this program.....' . URL then opens OK but check doesn't 'stick'. I have to repeat the process next time I try to open the shortcut on the desktop.
    Quote. "If you drag a shortcut from the desktop to the favorites forlder & double click it, what happens?"
    Works OK
    Quote. "Can you right click a shortcut in the Favorites folder & SendTo desktop as shortcut?"
    Shortcut gets to desktop OK but still doesn't work

    Intriguing but don't worry too much - I'm probably due for a re-install soon.

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    Re: Desktop favorites shortcuts won't work (WinXp

    Just noticed in my last posting I said OE. I meant IE, of course.

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    Re: Desktop favorites shortcuts won't work (WinXp

    Just for the record: you can edit your own posts to correct mistakes - click the Edit Post button <IMG SRC=http://www.wopr.com/w3timages/edit.gif> in the post header. You can make changes until about two weeks after you originally posted it.

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