"Invalid menu handle" Opening Downloaded .ZIP Files (IE6, XPSP2)

I’m working on a new, least-privileges, computer and I ran into a very strange problem yesterday.  If I click on links to .ZIP files in IE and select Open,the file downloads but I’m presented with an “Invalid menu handle” message box.

I’m not the person who configured this computer; so, I wasn’t entirely sure what the problem could be.  I had surmised that it had something to do with least-privileges and compressed (zipped) folders’ ability to operate in that type of environment.  I tried Save, instead of Open, when clicking the link but had no problems double-clicking the zip file in Windows Explorer.

The computer is configured so some of the user files are stored on a network drive, so I then thought it had something to do with permissions on non-local drives (really least-privileges I guess); but the temporary Internet files are indeed stored on the local drive.

At this point, I was wandering around in the temporary Internet files directory and double-clicked the zip file, and this time it informed me that “This page has an unspecified potential security flaw.”  With not much to go on, and the fact that I was having problems with *many* .ZIP files, I pressed Yes to continue.  Windows Explorer then asked me how to open the file–as if it hadn’t associated compressed (zipped) folders with .ZIP files.  I was a bit dumbfounded, as that was my first course of action (to try double-clicking a .ZIP file in Windows Explorer and had no problems).  At this point I simply clicked compressed (zipped) folders and ensured “Always use the selected program…” was checked and pressed OK.  After that, I could then Open .ZIP files after clicking links to them in IE.

I’m not sure how the computer got into that state, or whether it was simply that directory (or the hierarchy it was in); but the problem is fixed.

If you run into the same problem, now you know what to do.

6 thoughts on “"Invalid menu handle" Opening Downloaded .ZIP Files (IE6, XPSP2)

  1. I had a similar problem with the Citrix web interface:

    Problem: A particular user is unable to launch published applications from the Citrix Web Interface.

    Symptom: An error message indicating “Invalid menu handle” is indicated when you click a published application in the Citrix Web Interface that points to launch.ica in your temporary Internet files location. No applications will launch from the Web Interface. If you save launch.ica to C:\ and run the command:
    C:\>”C:\Program Files\Citrix\ICA Client\wfica32.exe” launch.ica
    The application launches OK.

    If a user with a new profile logs on to the same PC, applications launch OK from the web interface.


    2 solutions are possible:

    1. In control panel, open the Folder Options applet.

    Select the File Types tab, and scroll down to Extension ICA. The Restore button is active instead of the Advanced button. You’ll see text to the effect: “You have customized files of type ica…”

    Click the Restore button.

    The text should change to “Files with the extension ‘ICA’ are of type ‘Citrix ICA Client’…”. The Advanced button should also be active.

    2. Login with a local administrator’s account, delete the user’s profile and have them login again.

  2. @caminito: In what context are you getting invalid menuhandle? In the same context as this post? If so, did you try the solution? If it’s not in the same context, please provide detail; otherwise no one will be able to help you.

  3. i just right clicked the file selected open with winrar archiver then tickes the box that says allways open with this programm and now ok

  4. I am having a problem downloading anything and
    everything. When I am asked to open the the
    file it shows it has loaded the file 100%. However, when It should bring the information up it tell me invalid menu handle. This is the
    notitation I am getting everytime.

    c:\documents and settings\Belia Williams|local
    settings\temporary internet files\content.IE5\

    What is happening here?

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