Fix: Cannot open link in Internet Explorer new window or tab

If you find that nothing occurs after you click a link and that you cannot open a link in Internet Explorer new window or tab, then this article may interest you. Or sometimes it may happen that a new tab opens, but it opens as a blank page only. Additionally, you receive the following error message if you try to perform a search on the page by using the Find (on This Page) command:

An error has occurred in this dialog, Error 49: Interface not registered

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Cannot open link in Internet Explorer

Why does this happen? The issue occurs when dynamic link library (DLL) files that are related to Internet Explorer are not correctly registered. So, to fix the problem you need to re-register the DLL files that are related to Internet Explorer. You can do so by following these simple steps.

Open an elevated command prompt, type regsvr32 urlmon.dll and then click Enter. This will re-register the urlmon.dll file and you will see the following box:

DllRegisterServer in urlmon.dll succeeded

Success

Repeat the steps 1 through 7 for the rest of the DLL files by replacing the regsvr32 urlmon.dll command in the Open box with the following commands:

  1. regsvr32 actxprxy.dll
  2. regsvr32 shdocvw.dll
  3. regsvr32 mshtml.dll
  4. regsvr32 browseui.dll
  5. regsvr32 jscript.dll
  6. regsvr32 vbscript.dll
  7. regsvr32 oleaut32.dll

That’s it! You should find your problem fixed now.

Check this post if you cannot open particular website in Internet Explorer.

You can also see if the following posts help you:

  1. Fix: Internet Explorer Does Not Open Links
  2. Reset IE to default settings
  3. Fix IE
  4. Microsoft Internet Explorer Troubleshooter.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

12 Comments

  1. Johan

    Thanks for the tip.
    I could register all dll except the files mshtml.dll and browseui.dll where giving a message saying to check if it was a valid DLL or OCX File. I can still not open any new tab when using a link in IE11
    Got any idea ?
    Johan

  2. Danny A Durbin

    I am with Johan, except I can add shdocvw to those 2. Same message also.

  3. Running IE 11 on Windows 8.1, I can see mshtml.dll, browseui.dll, shdocvw.dll in my System32 folder, as I reply.

  4. IGOR

    4 of those didn’t register for me either

  5. Create system restore point first.
    Run System File Checker: sfc /scannow
    Unregister the said dll file. eg: regsvr32 /u mshtml.dll
    Then register the said dll file: regsvr32 mshtml.dll
    I hope this will help.

  6. Brad B

    Hi Anand et al,
    I had the same issue – tried lots of these solutions online that seem quite intense for amateurs like me. However, none worked. Ultimately on the support.windows website there was a post and solution (buried):
    Tools-internet options-advanced
    Go to security and check “enable enhanced protection mode”
    This seems to work – I think it’s blocking some sort of problematic add-on.

  7. Brad B

    I had the same issue – tried lots of these solutions online that seem quite intense for amateurs like me. However, none worked. Ultimately on the support.windows website there was a post and solution (buried):

    Tools-internet options-advanced

    Go to security and check “enable enhanced protection mode”

    This seems to work – I think it’s blocking some sort of problematic add-on.

  8. Charmaine Smit

    Thank you so much. This was the best fix ever. Brilliant.

  9. Charmaine Smit

    Hey Anand, the PC that I’m trying to fix, does not open Google searches at all. What is the best fix for that?

  10. Charmaine Smit

    This is a very old PC (Windows XP) of a friend of mine that I’m trying to fix. It has service pack 2 on it and can only open MSN. Not Google. I am trying to install service pack 3 – shows errors. I also can’t open any website that is Google related. Any commands that I can use to download service pack 3? To reinstall Windows XP is my last option, because there is a lot of important stuff of my friend on it.

  11. Luds

    Thank you soooo much, this was driving me nuts, and your solution fixed it! Thanks

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