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After uninstalling IE9 on my Windows 7 x64 system I cannot create desktop shortcuts RRS feed

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  • I have a machine which uses the Windows 7 (x64) operating system which came with IE8 installed on it.  I made the decision to upgrade my browser to IE9. Afterwards I found that some of my applications were not compatible with IE9 so I uninstalled it. IE8 is now back on my system but all of my internet shortcuts on my desktop are no longer associated with the URLs they were created with or the icon.  They appear as text icons.  I also cannot create new internet shortcuts from my desktop as after giving the shortcut a URL and a name I get an Explorer.EXE message that states "Unable to create shortcut".  However, when OK is clicked and attempt is made a second time to create the shortcut it says that the shortcut already exists and there is in fact a new text icon on the desktop with the name given to the shortcut.  However, no URL or icon is associated with it and when clicked or activated it opens a printer selection dialog.  I've checked the following file type extesions to make sure they are associated with Internet Explorer: .url, .htm, .html and they are so I am not sure what else to try.  I have tried to use several restore points but they all fail.  Any more ideas?
    Tuesday, February 28, 2012 5:28 PM

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  • all of my internet shortcuts on my desktop are no longer associated with the URLs they were created with or the icon.

    That's possible.  It would mean that you were dragging links to the Desktop under IE9, thereby creating  .website  shortcuts.   The compatible procedure which would have created  .URL  shortcuts  would have required that you press Shift- before doing that.   I don't know if you can just rename  .website  shortcuts  to  .url   shortcuts.   Otherwise you might be able to devise a PowerShell script which would convert them...   <eg>


    FYI

    Robert Aldwinckle
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    • Marked as answer by Niki Han Monday, March 5, 2012 9:38 AM
    Thursday, March 1, 2012 1:24 AM
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  • Hi,

    Which programs were incompatible with IE9?

    Any Desktop theme managers? Windows Blinds, Alienguise or others. Taskbar managers? (these products are just incompatible with Vista and Windows 7.... the IE version is not the issue).

    Using msconfig check that their bootstraps in the Startup list have been re-enabled, also in the Startup folder (Start>Programs>Startup) reboot you machine.

    Check permissions on the Desktop folder in Windows Explorer. (shell:desktop to open a Windows Explorer window at your desktop folder)

    Regards.


    Rob^_^

    • Marked as answer by Niki Han Monday, March 5, 2012 9:38 AM
    Wednesday, February 29, 2012 12:19 AM

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  • Hi,

    Which programs were incompatible with IE9?

    Any Desktop theme managers? Windows Blinds, Alienguise or others. Taskbar managers? (these products are just incompatible with Vista and Windows 7.... the IE version is not the issue).

    Using msconfig check that their bootstraps in the Startup list have been re-enabled, also in the Startup folder (Start>Programs>Startup) reboot you machine.

    Check permissions on the Desktop folder in Windows Explorer. (shell:desktop to open a Windows Explorer window at your desktop folder)

    Regards.


    Rob^_^

    • Marked as answer by Niki Han Monday, March 5, 2012 9:38 AM
    Wednesday, February 29, 2012 12:19 AM
  • Did you uninstall Windows Internet Explorer 9 via Installed Updates or the main Programs and Features window?

      • How do I uninstall IE9?
         http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/how-do-i-install-or-uninstall-internet-explorer-9 

    Wednesday, February 29, 2012 8:50 PM
  • all of my internet shortcuts on my desktop are no longer associated with the URLs they were created with or the icon.

    That's possible.  It would mean that you were dragging links to the Desktop under IE9, thereby creating  .website  shortcuts.   The compatible procedure which would have created  .URL  shortcuts  would have required that you press Shift- before doing that.   I don't know if you can just rename  .website  shortcuts  to  .url   shortcuts.   Otherwise you might be able to devise a PowerShell script which would convert them...   <eg>


    FYI

    Robert Aldwinckle
    ---

    • Marked as answer by Niki Han Monday, March 5, 2012 9:38 AM
    Thursday, March 1, 2012 1:24 AM
    Answerer