IE (7, 8, and 9) Doesn’t Open New Tabs/Windows from Links

The following issue describes a behavior exited by Internet Explorer, versions 7, 8 and 9, that prevents the browser from opening links in new tabs or windows. This issue is NOT caused by CorasWorks software, but since CorasWorks applications are affected by the issue we’ve decided to document it to help our customers.

IMPORTANT: In our testing the issue was caused by a bad installation of Visual Studio; however, it may also be caused by other software installations or updates. The fix described in this article is AS-IS and it is not supported by CorasWorks Corporation.


After installing Visual Studio, browser updates, or applications, Internet Explorer is unable to open links in new tabs or windows. When a new link is clicked where the contents are to open in a new tab or new browser window, the page launches but nothing is displayed.

The following images depict the behavior of the problem.


The issue appears to be caused by a bad installation of an application or a browser update, which causes browser DLL registrations to become corrupt or invalid.


In order to resolve the issue, the corrupt or invalid Internet Explorer DLLs must be re-registered. To re-register the DLLs, follow the steps below. The steps MUST be performed in the order shown below or the fix will not take effect.

  1. 1. Download and ie8-rereg.64on64 from Internet Explorer FAQ and save them to disk.
  2. 2. Extract the compressed files into a single directory.
  3. 3. Reboot PC.
  4. 4. Open the command line as an Administrator.
  5. 5. Go into folder with the following files:
    1. a. ie8-rereg.32on64.cmd
    2. b. ie8-rereg.64on64.cmd
  6. 6. Run ie8-rereg.32on64.cmd within command line window. Ensure there are no errors.
  7. 7. Run ie8-rereg.64on64.cmd within command line window. Ensure there are no errors.
  8. 8. Reboot PC.

After implementing the fix, the behavior should be as follows:

We thank Internet Explorer FAQ for the actual fix, as this is simply an implementation of the fix documented by good folks over at Internet Explorer FAQ.

Source: Repair IE8 (IE7) and IE9,

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