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How to insert hyperlink to Add Printer Wizard in Windows XP

by Michael45512 / January 31, 2012 8:15 AM PST


I attempted to insert the following hyperlink inside a webpage, but it didn't work:

rundll32.exe SHELL32.DLL,SHHelpShortcuts_RunDLL AddPrinter

However, it did work when I pasted it in the Run box, and it opened the Add Printer Wizard in Windows XP.

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Sounds proper. Long ago...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 31, 2012 11:14 AM PST

Long ago MSFT figured out that it was a very bad idea to run commands from the web browser. It may no longer be possible to do this.

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That's not what I mean...
by Michael45512 / February 1, 2012 6:45 AM PST

I'm talking about putting the hyperlink inside the webpage, not pasting it in the Address Bar.

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I've never seen
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / February 1, 2012 6:56 AM PST

a web page that calls up Windows Apps and wizards like that. Can you give some examples where you've seen this?

All I can think of is some code that calls up Command.exe, inputs the command and runs it, but then those would be considered dangerous as that would be the back door for malware writers to gain access to the OS. I'm sure modern Windows' OSes would prevent that with UAC if the anti-virus scanner doesn't pick it up first.


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It's something that is not supported and now blocked.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 1, 2012 7:05 AM PST
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