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

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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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