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Can't run an IP address

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#1 peverbian


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Posted 11 June 2009 - 03:07 PM

I'm having issues with a 3rd party app but I think the main issue is due to IE being disassociated with IP addresses.

When you hit Start and then Run, and type an IP address and hit Okay it should run Internet Explorer(or your default web browser), opening whatever page is at IP address.

On this machine it comes up and says that it can't find the file "<IP address>" Make sure you typed the name correctly, etc, etc.

I've tried uninstalling and reinstalling IE7 on this machine to no effect.

Anyone have any thoughts as to what to try to fix this? I'm thinking it's a registry thing, but have no idea where that key would be or if it's under File Types in the file explorer.

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#2 joseibarra


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Posted 11 June 2009 - 06:16 PM

I don't know if it should do that or not, but if you put http:\\ in front of the IP address it does what I think you want:

Start, Run, http:\\

Takes me to Yahoo! with my default browser.

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#3 L0jyq


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Posted 11 June 2009 - 06:41 PM

Jose is right.

Without the http://, CMD doesn't know what to do with the file, so it checks %system root%.

For example, if you type "sol", it's a file that is well known to windows, and resides within system root or system32, one of those. So it launches.

If you type in an IP, it searched that folder for a file named after the numbers you gave.

If you put the http:// in, windows knows to load IE (or whatever you're default browser is), and apply the address accordingly.

Now, That being said....

What's the issue with the 3rd party app?

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