Post XP SP2 bug?

After updating to XP SP2, I noticed I had “issues” when trying to open some hyperlinks from Outlook.  No big deal I thought as I actually got prompted to select the exe file for the hyperlink, so I selected IE and all seemed fine …  until today that is ..

Today I went to open a .htm file from a CD.  First, the Open command initiated the Open With dialog.  Okay I thought, I’ll just choose IE again.  But try as I may, after selecting IE, the Open With dialog would select Notepad.

Next, I ran explorer as Administrator to see if it was a problem with just my user account, but no, when run as Administrator I had the same problem.  So I brought up the file associations dialog, and found that the default for .htm files was the “Open” command which had IE set to open using DDE  (funny how Microsoft doesn’t support DDE in .NET, yet their own apps use it hey ???)

No, the issue was not DDE, it was the file name !!  The path to internet explorer was correct, but there was an extra space after the .exe and before the closing ”.

The fix :


“C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe ”
“C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe”