Hi, I have both IE & Mozilla Firefox for browsers, with FF as my default. I often save website shortcuts (or "deskcuts" in Firefox) to my desktop. Until recently, they'd work fine, opening up a new tab in the browser.
Now I get this pop-up error message whenever I try to double-click a desktop url shortcut:
Neither browser responds regardless of which is the default. If I drag the shortcut to a new tab in the Firefox browser, it does open & I'd imagine something similar could be done for IE, however, I'm not concerned with IE. This is a Windows issue.
If anyone can give me some tips as to where to go to associate a 'registered program with the protocol http', that would get me on my way... Thanks.
Open Windows Explorer and go to Tools|Folder Options|File Types tab. Scroll down to URL Internet Shortcut. In the details it should indicate that that type opens with Shell Doc Object and Control Library. If it doesn't click the Change button and select that from the menu. If it is not shown on the menu, browse to C:\Windows\System32\shdoclc.dll.
I found 'URL Internet Shortcut' in File Types, but it was already associated with "Shell Doc Object", so I wasn't able to change anything, even after pressing the "Restore" button. I attempted to enable Firefox as the registered program & then restarting the pc...nothing. I went back to folder options and looked for "http" as that is what's mentioned in the error message. It wasn't there, but I did find "htm" & "html". I tried altering the registered programs just sto troubleshooot, but that had no effect either, and I restored them afterwords.
If it helps you any, this what the current details look like for the url shortcut: http://img11.exs.cx/img11/8171/url-shortcut-details1.jpg
Here's what the properties of an actaul desktop shortcut looks like (note that there is nothing entered in the shortcut key bar): http://img11.exs.cx/img11/7985/url-shortcut-details2.gif