does this happen just with web site shortcuts, or with all shortcuts, eg the others on your Desktop for software applications, etc?
I assume this just started, so what changed? I mean, did you install any software, or run any registry cleaners or 'optimisers', just before this happened? Or anything else?
I do have one possible clue. Have you recently turned off IE's Tabbed Browsing?. If so, what happens if you turn it on again? IF you want it to remain off, have a look at IE > Tools > Internet Options, then the Advanced tab, find the "Browsing" section then tick the entry for "Reuse windows for launching shortcuts (when tabbed browsing is turned off)".
Does that help?
I have Win XP Home with SP#3.My wife and i each use individual accts, user ids etc.For no reason I can understand suddenly when i click on one of my desktop shortcuts to open a website...e.g. Facebook, Yahoo etc..instead of automatically opening the specific site I get the box which asks which program i want to use to open the site.It is usally always Int.Ex. and at the bottom of the box there is a checkbox to indicate that when you open that same site in the future it should always be opened using IE, but when i go to open the site again i have to again each time indicate i want to use IE to open it. I also went to my wife's side of the pc and tried hers and her website shortcuts open properly like mine used to. I have worked all day to find the problem and solution and have run out of options , thus this cry for help.
I finally resorted to setting up a new separate 3rd account and basically building my desktop from scratch but it is a lot of work and i know im just overlooking a simple solution.
i have runs tons of utilities to make sure i dont have a virus etc,but nothing helps.
thanks for any helpful suggestions anyone can give me. I guess it is time to buy Win 7 but i really dont want to and i dont want to reinstall Win XP if i can avoid it.