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When you click a Web address in a document
in a non-browser program such as an e-mail program, Internet Explorer
may not start, and you may receive the following error message:
Cannot find program.exe needed for
opening files of type URL:hypertext transfer protocol
This issue can occur for either of the
- The "URL:hypertext transfer
protocol" file association is no longer associated with
- You previously used a third-party
Internet browser as your default browser and then uninstalled the
program without setting Internet Explorer to check to see if it is
the default browser program.
To resolve this behavior, use the
Edit the File Association
Edit the "URL:hypertext transfer
protocol" file association to associate this type of file with
NOTE: You may also need to repeat
these steps for the following file associations:
- Double-click My Computer on the
- On the View menu, click Folder
Options (or Options).
- Click the File Types tab, click
URL:HyperText Transfer Protocol in the Registered File
Types box, and then click Edit.
- In the Actions box, click Open,
and then click Edit.
- Click Browse, navigate to the \Program
Files\Internet Explorer folder, click the Iexplore.exe
file, click Open, click OK, click Close, and
then click Close.
- URL:HyperText Transfer Protocol with
- URL:File Transfer Protocol
- URL:Gopher Protocol
Set Internet Explorer to Be the Default
Set Internet Explorer to check whether it is
the default browser:
- Click Start, point to Settings,
click Control Panel, and then double-click Internet.
- Click the Programs tab, and
then click to select the Internet Explorer should check whether
it is the default browser check box.
- Click Apply, and then click OK.
Start Internet Explorer, and then click OK when you are
prompted to make Internet Explorer the default browser.
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